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Australia Thousands of wild camels to be shot dead in remote part of Australia

08:16  08 january  2020
08:16  08 january  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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THOUSANDS of camels are to be shot from helicopters in Australia to stop them drinking water in the drought ravaged continent. The soaring temperatures which have caused devastating bushfires have also led to 10,000 of the creatures flocking to water sources and wreaking havoc in local communities.

Australian feral camels are feral populations consisting of two species of camel : mostly dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius) but also some Bactrian camels (Camelus bactrianus).

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A cull has started today to kill 10,000 wild camels in South Australia.

The Aboriginal APY lands in the north west of the state is carrying out a mass cull of the animals, because of a lack of water in drought-stricken area.

It is backed by the South Australian Department for Environment and Water, who said animals are venturing into communities in search of water, and are also dying of thirst.

Wild horses and donkeys will be shot from helicopters. The APY Executive said in a statement the groups of camels are "putting pressure on remote Aboriginal communities" and "eating food supplies". "With the current ongoing dry conditions, the large camel congregations threatening the APY communities, and infrastructure, immediate camel control is needed," it said.

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Leaders in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in northwest Australia will send helicopters to kill up to 10,000 camels in a five-day The camels ’ bodies will be burnt or buried if they are accessible, but in remote areas, their bodies will be left. The camels are also being removed due

Australia ’s decision to kill more than 10,000 camels by shooting them from helicopters has incensed animal-lovers on social media. But is it the only solution to dwindling water supplies and a warming Australia faces outrage for decision to kill thousands of camels over climate. 7 Jan, 2020 21:23.

a herd of horses standing on top of a dirt field: The Aboriginal APY lands in the north west of the state is carrying out a mass cull of the animals, because of a lack of water in drought-stricken area. © Facebook The Aboriginal APY lands in the north west of the state is carrying out a mass cull of the animals, because of a lack of water in drought-stricken area. The Department for Environment and Water said previously local traditional land owners mustered and sold camels, but they now have too many to cope with.

"An estimated 10,000 camels are flocking to available water sources, including tanks, taps and any available water in communities," it said in a statement.

a plant in a grassy field: The APY Executive said in a statement the groups of camels are © Facebook The APY Executive said in a statement the groups of camels are

"This has resulted in significant damage to infrastructure, danger to families and communities, increased grazing pressure across the APY Lands and critical animal welfare issues as some camels die of thirst or trample each other to access water.

"In some cases dead animals have contaminated important water sources and cultural sites."

There are estimated to be more than a million wild camels roaming Australia's desert, according to Australian Government backed Feral Scan website.

Outback nurse Gayle Woodford was attacked two years before her rape and murder, inquest heard .
South Australian outback nurse Gayle Woodford, who was raped and murdered in the APY Lands, was assaulted by a different criminal in the same remote community two years before her death, an inquest has heard. The 56-year-old mother was employed by the Nganampa Health Council (NHC) as a nurse and was working in the APY Lands community of Fregon when she was murdered by convicted rapist Dudley Davey in March 2016.She was on-call alone on the night she was raped and killed after responding to Davey, who was seeking medical assistance.Davey was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 32 years.

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