LET THEM STAY: Butchulla elder Mally Clarke.
LET THEM STAY: Butchulla elder Mally Clarke. Alistair Brightman

‘Horses should remain’ on Fraser Is: Butchulla elder

'LEAVE them there."

Those were the simple words spoken by Butchulla elder Mally Clarke, who has fought for the dingoes of Fraser Island for many years.

This time she wasn't talking about dingoes but a small number of brumbies that have been discovered to be living on the island, more than a decade after the last feral horse was believed to have been removed from the island.

"At least the dingoes might get a feed," Ms Clarke said.

Ms Clarke said she had seen horses on the island a couple of years ago and had been surprised, having believed all the horses had been removed in 2003.

"I couldn't get over it," she said.

"Let the dingoes kill them for a feed."

Fraser Island first responder David Anderson said while he had been against the removal of the brumbies in 2003, it had to be remembered that Fraser Island was World Heritage listed and the horses could do damage if the population was to grow again.

He said he supported the humane removal of the horses from the island if it was possible.

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