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6 thoughts on “Kangaroos

  1. They’re so interesting to look at! You guys have Kangaroos like we have white-tailed deer it would seem. Not that I’m supporting or encouraging this, but do people hunt them? Are they protected? What’s their status in your world?

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    • Only Aboriginal Australians are allowed to hunt kangaroos like you would hunt deer, as they’re a traditional staple food source. Every year a quota is set for commercial culling in areas where populations get out of control. Since kangaroos are on the Australian Coat of Arms, people do get a bit upset over the culling issue. It’s carried out by licensed shooters who are expected to abide by humane kill laws and I think most of the meat goes to pet food. Kangaroo meat was legalised for consumption in Victoria in 1993, and is available in supermarkets and on the menu in restaurants, but I imagine they have to come from a better quality kangaroo cull.

      We have so many here, where I live, because we’re surrounded by forests, so they congregate on the closest farmlands. Many are killed and injured on the roads, often needing a local policeman to put it out of its misery. Apparently the wildlife people can’t help roos with two broken legs, they must be destroyed. All female dead roos are checked for joeys in their pouch. And so the same dead roos aren’t reported over and over again out on the open highways, they are sprayed with a paint marker. Bodies in populated areas are removed, but it’s not feasible on the open road in most of Australia, so you’ll see carcasses in different stages of decomposition when away from towns.

      I love them from a distance! I have a healthy respect for how dangerous they can be.

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      • That’s so interesting, wow. Anyone can hunt deer as long as they have a license and I believe you have to report/register your kills. Honestly, I’m not sure as neither I nor my partner hunt.

        Deer are often killed on our roads as well, all over. They’re quite dangerous in terms of driving but they’re not as dangerous to be near although I say that with a grain of salt. Of course males (bucks) with their antlers especially, are one issue and we could go on about actually approaching any deer. But I think it’s fair to say they are a different story with respect to Kangaroos.

        Here too the police are called in to an accident and an injured deer. They’re also called when dead ones are in populated areas, they’ll call someone to remove them. In more rural areas they’re just moved off the road, dead ones that is.

        But females and their fawns are often seen and closely, along trails and parks. I’ve stood within a couple of feet while on a park trail, one that is paved. They come into yards a lot too. As much as that can be neat to look at it’s frustrating when they mangle your plants, especially if you have a garden.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    At least someone can help them out of their pain. They have a bad habit of jumping over the roads then turning around and jumping back. Got hit by one once, smashed the windscreen and left a bit of fur behind, but kept hopping away. From Ararat to Melbourne had to peer out of a 2 inch clear piece of glass. Had a crick in my neck for days.

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