Feral horses trample endangered plant communities, destroy threatened species’ habitat and damage Aboriginal cultural heritage — and their numbers are increasing.
A feral donkey in the Sonoran Desert.
Incredibly, once the wells dried up some became nurseries for the germination and establishment of wetland trees.
Victoria’s plan has flaws, but it’s still likely to bring the feral horse problem under control, and will do a lot better than the very low benchmark set by NSW.
Compassionate conservationists believe no animal should be killed in the name of conservation. This idea is a death knell for Australia’s native species.
A brush-tailed rabbit-rat, one of the small mammals disappearing in northern Australia.
Small mammals in northern Australia have been rapidly vanishing for the last 30 years, and scientists weren’t sure why. Now, a major new study found feral livestock are largely to blame.
Expanding numbers of feral horses roaming the Australian Alps threaten the alp’s ecosystems, soils and unique species.
Ponies grazing in a bluebell meadow in Dartmoor National Park, Devon.
Wild ponies have lived in Britain for over 4,000 years, but they’re in danger of dying out.
Feral horses are destroying what little threatened species habitat was spared from bushfire.
Invasive Species Council
Without an emergency cull of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park, the land cannot recover from the bushfires – and threatened species are at grave risk of being annihilated.
Feral horses are a growing problem for the NSW government.
Rapid action is needed to reduce feral horse numbers before they cause more damage to native species.
Horses graze in Alberta’s foothills.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Horses roam free around the world. In the Alberta foothills, their management has become contentious.
Feral horses have severely damaged the landscape in Kosciuszko National Park.
Feral horses are a clear point of division between parties in this weekend’s election. Labor has pledged to repeal the Coalition government’s bill to preserve large numbers of brumbies.
An 1870 news report said wild horses were “hated and shot by all”. What has changed since?
Brumbies have a devoted following among high country locals, despite the fact that they were despised by colonial settler farmers. Their mythical status today owes a lot to cultural figures such as Banjo Paterson.
Feral horse damage on the Australian Alps Walking Track, Bill Jones Hut, May 2018.
The ‘brumby bill’ which passed the NSW upper house late last night, is an embarrassing step backwards for the state.
Research suggests there is no “safe number” of brumbies that will avoid harm to mountain ecosystems.
Failing to cull feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park may end up promoting environmental destruction while actually increasing the horses’ suffering.
A new study of ancient Botai horses turns our knowledge about wild and domestic horses on its head.
Feral horses in the eastern Alps.
Griff en/Wikimedia Commons
Victoria’s new plan to control feral horses aims to remove up to 400 a year from the eastern Alps. But without considering aerial culling, the plan seems unlikely to get to grips with the problem.