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Sydney (Australia), Jan 14 (Canadian-Media): Culling of more than 5,000 feral camels over the last five days has been completed by Australia as these camels were a threat to the survival of indigenous communities in drought-hit areas of southern Australia, media reports said.
Camels in Australia. Image credit: Phys.org
The aboriginal leaders said that the large herds of the non-native camels driven towards rural habitats not only threatened scarce food and water in the arid region, but was also a threat to the infrastructure and posed a hazard for the drivers.
The culling was carried out by helicopter-borne marksmen in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands -- home to 2,300 indigenous people -- and completed on Sunday, said APY general manager Richard King.
"We appreciate the concerns of animal rights activists, but there is significant misinformation about the realities of life for non-native feral animals, in what is among the aridest and remote places on Earth," King said in a statement on Tuesday.
He said the camels were responsible for introducing pests and the valuable water supplies for communities needed to be protected from them.
Prolonged dry periods is well tolerated by native wildlife, is distressful for feral camels, King said.
In 1840s the British had imported around 20,000 Indian camels to Australia to explore the interiors of Australia.