New kangaroo strategy hopes to keep humans and hoppers in harmony
INCREASED numbers of Eastern Grey Kangaroos across the Northern Beaches in recent years has led to the development of a Kangaroo Management Strategy to ensure the community and it's furry friends can live together harmoniously and safely.
National Parks and Wildlife area manager Glenn Storrie said the strategy has been established following a rise in interactions between roos and people in recent years, particularly at Heritage Park.
"Certainly there has been a number of incidents in recent times ...Our monitoring shows that the population is high but fluctuates," he said.
Coff Harbour City Council councillor, Dr Sally Townley said highway upgrade coupled with housing developments and large green fields in the Northern Beaches are creating an abundant food source resulting in kangaroo populations increasingly interacting with humans.
"We're getting these high populations and they're getting boxed in and in some areas we are seeing negative interactions between humans and kangaroos," she said.
A management committee comprising of members from the community, CHCC, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Mid North Coast Wires will work together to plan and implement the strategy.
The committee has also employed an ecologist from the University of New England to aid the planning and implementation process.
CHCC representative on the committee, Dr Sally Townley said the aim of the strategy is to map kangaroo movements across the Northern region to ensure safe interactions between the community and the kangaroos.
"What the management committee is trying to do is understand the size of the kangaroo populations, understand the way in which the kangaroos move around the landscape like what are their barriers, how far will they go, that sort of thing," she said.
Mr Storrie expressed the importance of exercising caution around kangaroos as they are wild animals and can be dangerous.
The committee aims to begin community consultations in the coming months with the strategy to be fully implemented by mid next year.