In 1788, when Europeans arrived and set up shop in 'Sydney Cove', they brought many animals with them. Back then, over 200 years ago, the odd sheep, goat, cow or horse, would make off into the bush, never to be seen again.
Over the years animals have been introduced to Australian shores for a plethora of reasons: as pets, as food, for transport, to work, to hunt, to be hunted, as pest control, as protectors, the list goes on and on. Many animals have indeed slipped off into the bush and over time have grown in numbers, thriving in Australia's great outback, waterways, forests and national parks.
There are pro's and con's surrounding the existence of feral animals in Australia. In this blog we hope to take a good look at what they are, hopefully encouraging some healthy debate along the way.
Anything pertinent, useful or relevant, we shall endeavor to cover it off in the Feral Animals Australia blog. We will scour the net for information and also get out and about in the field to speak to the people involved, affected and passionate about this matter.
This is post number one, with many more to come.
We hope you enjoy your visit!