8 Sep 2019

Forest and Bird call for funded wallaby control

5:00 pm on 8 September 2019

Urgent action is needed to stop the spread of wallabies throughout the country, says environmental group Forest and Bird.

Head shot of a wallaby. (File pic)

Photo: 123rf

It's calling for the government to fund wallaby control.

North Island regional manager Rebecca Stirnemann said wallabies could spread over a third of the country in the next 50 years if they're not controlled.

She said they are like giant rabbits in that they eat their way through native bush, damaging tussock grasslands and increasing soil erosion.

Populations of dama wallabies in the Rotorua lakes region are dangerously high, and threatening new areas, she said.

Effective control would cost about $7.4 million a year for 10 years and between 2017 and 2018 about $1.38 million was spent on wallaby control, she said.

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