Pest control and shooting in Victoria's national parks
Pest animals such as deer, pigs, rabbits and goats do enormous damage to the state's natural areas: they create wallows in wetlands, damage waterways, chomp threatened plants and trample valuable habitat.
They are increasing in numbers and spreading far and wide.
Opening up national parks to volunteer shooters has done nothing to stem the flow; rather it appears to entrench a potentially dangerous sport which creates a further hazard to wildlife, campers and walkers seeking to enjoy areas set aside for conservation: our magnificent system of national parks and conservation reserves.
Successful pest control in parks and reserves is a very difficult exercise, and has to be undertaken by experienced operators, in a strategic manner, acting under the best advice.
For a full analysis on pest control and shooting in Victoria's national parks please download our fact sheet.