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POLL: Time for the Brumbies be taken off Fraser Island?

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is exploring options to remove the brumbies from Fraser Island.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is exploring options to remove the brumbies from Fraser Island.

THE Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is exploring options to remove the remaining brumbies from Fraser Island.

The QPWS confirmed the continued presence of the horses on the island in July, revealing that motion activated cameras had snapped photos of the animals in January 2014.

Then in July the QPWS received a report of eight feral horses sighted by a commercial tourism operator in an area north of Moon Point.

Should brumbies be removed from Fraser Island?

This poll ended on 27 September 2016.

Yes - 13%

No - 86%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


"QPWS is considering options for the removal of the feral horses from the Great Sandy National Park in line with its management plan," a spokeswoman said.

"A monitoring program is being developed and implemented at present."

The spokeswoman said there had been no new sightings of the feral horses.

About 200 wild horses lived on Fraser Island in the 1900s after they were introduced in the 1800s.

But in the 1980s the horses were targeted for removal and in 2003, dozens were removed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Until recently it was assumed there were no horses left on the island.

The spokeswoman said a wild pig had also been seen on the footage.

At the time of the discovery, Butchulla elder Mally Clarke said the horses should be left alone, especially as they could be a food source for dingoes.

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