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Good seasons see roo numbers rise

Thursday, 28th November, 2013

By Emily Roberts

A recent fixed-wing survey of the Western Plains has reported a 16 per cent increase in the number of kangaroos.

The Pastoralists Association of West Darling recently released the results of the survey that showed an overall population of 12,645,853 kangaroos. 

It reported an eight percent increase in Red Kangaroos, a 65 per cent increase in Eastern Greys and a 116 per cent increase in Western Greys.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) said that the numbers were due to seasonal conditions.

“Over the past three years the western plains has received above average rainfall,” a spokeswoman said.

“From 30 years of monitoring kangaroo populations and research it is well documented that kangaroo numbers will respond to seasonal conditions.”

But while the numbers are growing, exports are low although a spokesman for the Kangaroo Industries Association of Australia said there was hope this will improve.

“We are seeing them start to improve and are hopeful that expanded access to Russia will come through in the new year as well as access to several other new markets which we have been working on for some time.”

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