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Budj Bim Animal Control

Budj Bim Animal Control

Feral Animal Control Underway in Budj Bim

An aerial shooting program to control feral animals is being undertaken this week in the World Heritage listed Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, including parts of the National Park and the Indigenous Protected Areas.

Helicopters will be used to target deer and feral pigs that are negatively impacting fire affected parts of the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape.

The program is part of a broader integrated pest control project being implemented by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Parks Victoria and Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation in response to the 2019-20 bushfire.

In Budj Bim, feral animals can negatively impact and damage culturally sensitive sites by rooting, wallowing, and grazing.

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The aerial shooting operation aims to reduce introduced large herbivore numbers to reduce their impact on native plants and animals, important cultural sites and enable vegetation to recover from the 2019-20 fires. 

All operations will be carried out under strict conditions designed to ensure it is safe, effective and humane. Operations will only be carried out in areas which are closed to the public.

This operation builds on recent trapping, baiting and ground shooting works that have seen 138 Fallow deer, 43 feral pigs and 14 foxes removed from the area since October 2020.

The operation is funded by the Victorian Government’s $51.5 million Bushfire Biodiversity Response and Recovery program.

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