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In the wrong place feral horses are highly destructive animals. They destroy alpine habitat, stomp fragile waterways and threaten native wildlife. They belong in a paddock, not our iconic Kosciuszko National Park.
Scientific advice says we must urgently reduce the number of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park. Please donate and help make us a strong voice for Kosci.
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Reclaim Kosci represents a broad consortium of individuals and organisations that love Kosciuszko National Park and seek to protect it from the impacts of feral horses.
Reclaim Kosci respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live, work and learn. We pay respect to elders past, present and future, and recognise the continuing connection of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the land, water and culture.
It’s not just Kosci, we need to save many other places too. Habitats are shrinking and impacting on our species diversity.
National Parks are for the protection of our natural wonders.
Allowing feral animals to roam freely is a form of sanctioned vandalism.
One has to wonder if some associated members of the government have pecuniary interest in quad bike tours to see the brumbies, it seems our State government is not as squeaky clean as we would be led to believe. The park is a place of beauty and Nature’s diversity, visit as soon as you can because it may becomesomething we can tell our grandchildren ” There used to be this wondrland”.
Keep up the good work. We will never give up.
I am a member of the Australian Native Plant Society and I have learnt of the incredible diversity of our native plants from the many experienced members of this society. I have also learnt how vulnerable many species are, having adapted to one particular environment. This alpine area is so rare in Australia, and the plants are especially adapted to live in the habitat niches they have found. The hard hooved horses with large appetites are a disaster for this delicate environment.
The brumbies do not belong where they destroy the plants that provide food and shelter for special native animals.
Please protect our unique natural environment by removing the destructive feral horses.
Our environment is precious. Save the Snowy Mountains from the damage the wild horses cause with their trampling, weed-spreading, stream destroying behaviour and the threat they are causing to the already precarious survival of the original fauna and flora.
Great cause. Get rid of them and save this special region.
Culture, biodiversity, water, uniqueness…..a relatively small area of global importance. Decisions of such magnitude and risk should not be left to some short-sighted blinkered politicians when the answers should be obvious to all. We already learnt it back in the 1930’s
Preserve this valuable wilderness.
Time for all governments and public bodies to ensure that decisions being made are sensitive to the environment first and centre else we’ll have concrete and tar everywhere.
Keep the pressure on Mr Barilaro and also the Premier of NSW for enabling and allowing the “Wild Horses Heritage Bill” to be facilitated through NSW Parliament. The premier should have stopped this Bill and she has remained out of the discussion of this issue.
The K National park is a valuable space for native flora and fauna and more so now with extreme weather events affecting the survivability of the native species, its certainly not a place for ferals.
I live on the border of Kosci, I have seen first hand the numbers grow exponentially in the last 10 years, in the park, in state forests and on our lands too. The damage is heartbreaking. We need to protect our native flora and fauna, Thankyou.
This unique area is special for the flora and fauna found nowhere else,. Some of which is rare and on the brink of extinction, but the area also has significant cultural value for the Aboriginal people who have called this place home for a very long time.
It is time to remove feral horses which do not belong here and give all the locals, be they animals, plants or people a chance to enjoy and protect this special environment
Unfortunately the work you are doing keeping this issue at the forefront of people’s minds is vital – thankyou.
Thanks so much for all you do
I’ve never camped in a noisier place than just below Kosci. All night, the sounds of life around, wings flapping, insects chirping (or jumping into my tent fly), something calling (birds? bats? who knows!). Not another person for miles that day. A terrible night’s sleep, but an amazing place. Must be protected.
We need to emphasise the science that is required for the proper management of KNP for national environmental heritage status. This was recognised from the 1940s when Federal and State governments stopped the grazing of cattle and sheep, and removed wild horses (and now also are working to remove pigs and deer) to preserve the native diverse environment both for its own sake and to maintain the water quality for the Murray and Snowy River systems. There is no scientific or cultural heritage justification for maintaining any wild horses, and private and commercial horse riding must be strictly limited by legislation. Aerial shooting as is used in other NSW parks, in Central Queensland and in the Northern Territory is the only practical option because the infestation is now so great that removal needs to be completed within three years to save KNP, especially after the effects of the 2019-20 extreme fires.
Science not sentiment to protect the Park for future generation.
Thanks to so many working so hard to preserve our genuine heritage.
Unfortunately many rural people don’t like National Parks and blame them for harbouring the feral animals that are a cost to their businesses. So the hypocrisy of protecting a feral animal just because of a deluded romantic ideal is extraordinary.
Imagine if the animal welfare groups came out in support of feral cats, goats, foxes and pigs and kicked up a stink about culling them.
A massive cull is the only answer but perhaps it would be better to round some of them up, so the carcasses are not left to fuel the pig and fox numbers.
They can go to pet food.
We cannot let this precious but very fragile alpine environment be destroyed by hard hooved horses, which simply do not belong here.
This environment is under enough pressure from climate change and other hard to manage global problems. The resolution to the horse problem is within our grasp in the short time at the local level and will assist in the long term resilience of a number of endangered species. A no brainer surely ?
ICAC is supposed to weed out corruption in government when local businesses and politicians collude to make personal gains and/or profits by manipulation of our politicians and our system of government.
I do so much admire the work done by Invasive Species council, Richard Swain and many many others. A very heartfelt thank you