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Published Date: Sunday 12 January 2020 - 16:34:14
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Camel cull to proceed in Australia amid wildfire crisis

Camel cull to proceed in Australia amid wildfire crisis
World > US  - Around 10,000 camels are set to be slaughtered in Australia due to the severe drought situation in the country.


According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, feral camels have been entering communities in search of water, endangering people's safety.

The camel cull will happen in the remote north-west region of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (AYP) Lands, the publication states.

The increase in the camel population in the area has posed threat to its infrastructure, putting in danger the lives of families and community members as thousands of camels flock to their water sources amid the drought, according to the South Australia Department for Environment and Water (DEW).

The persistent heat and drought have also exacerbated the wildfire crisis in Australia, which is experiencing its worst bushfire season in decades.

The APY Lands released a statement on its Facebook page regarding the camel cull, saying it would involve aerial operations.

Richard King, APY Lands manager, told ABC the camels typically come right into communities to find water, giving them the opportunity to cull all at once.

"It gives us an opportunity to get them while they're all together, because generally they'll go and move around the desert in smaller herds," he said.

"So while they're all together it's a great time to have a cull and clean out some of the animals that are destroying some of our native vegetation."

He added that dead camels have also been responsible for serious contamination in the rural lands.

 

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Published Date: Sunday 12 January 2020 - 16:34:14
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