At times kangaroo (and wallaby) populations can grow to a level that they can become an agricultural pest where they compete with livestock and damage pasture. Kangaroos can also cause damage to rangelands and fences, and cause damage or injury as a result from collisions with motor vehicles. When their numbers build up to a level that becomes a problem, a level of kangaroo control is required. In drought conditions, animal welfare considerations may also deem kangaroo control necessary.
When kangaroos have been identified as a problem the state authority responsible for managing kangaroo populations, within a particular state or territory, can issue permits to allow a set quota of animals to be culled on a property to reduce their negative impacts. Although Australia has a commercial kangaroo harvesting industry that provides meat, hides and leather to markets all across the world, not all kangaroos that have become pests can be harvested for those resources. The only practicable options for kangaroo control then becomes culling.
Farmers are usually able to apply for a pest mitigation type permit for their property that allows others to conduct culling operations on their behalf.
All culling of kangaroos (and wallabies) must follow the National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Non-Commercial Purposes. This is to ensure that kangaroos are culled in the most humane way.
The SSAA Farmer Assist program enables landholders to find licensed, accredited and insured volunteer shooters to assist with kangaroo control. We have thousands of qualified members across the country ready to help landholders and managers with kangaroo control.
The SSAA Farmer Assist program only takes a few minutes to register for so you can find friendly and willing volunteers to assist you with your kangaroo problem.