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Brumby cull under way in forest

AUTHORITIES admit they are doing all they can to control a feral horse population that a Maryborough man claimed was being dangerously mismanaged.

Ron Simmonds made the comments after watching a truck collide with a wild horse on Cooloola Coast Rd last week. He claimed at the time people could die from similar incidents and called for new signage that better warned drivers.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said wild horse advisory signs were installed on the state-controlled road network in the Toolara Forest area - just south of where the incident took place.

"When locating the signs, we act on the advice of Forestry Plantations Queensland (FPQ), which monitors the brumbies and the areas they frequent," the spokesman said.

"The signs are installed on Maryborough-Cooloola Rd (locally known as Cooloola Coast Rd) in the Fraser Coast region, and Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach Rds in the Gympie region."

The spokesman said wild horse advisory signs (picturing a galloping horse) should not be confused with either National Trail signs or horse and rider signs.

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines (NRM) spokesperson said State Land Management had been using an experienced private contractor to remove horses from the area, highlighted by data it released from an area south of the Cooloola Coast Road section where the brumby was killed.

"Since April 2011, 10 feral horses have been captured and removed from state land adjoining the Rainbow Beach township and Inskip Peninsula in conjunction with the local community and QPWS," he said.

Gympie Times

Topics:  animal brumby cull feral forest horse wildlife



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