Mother Nature is fierce and powerful, but the balance of local environments is still vulnerable to foreign invaders.
Australia’s outback has face issues for years due to pests like wild cats, dingoes, and dogs that are driving native species to the brink of extinction. Australians realize millions of dollars in losses annually due to predation of livestock, motor vehicle accidents, diseases, and other invasive animal-related incidents.
In an attempt to combat the problem of feral animals threatening native wildlife populations, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy is building a predator-proof fence whose breadth rivals that of Manhattan Island, twice. According to an article by Reuter’s, one feral cat can kill up to seven small animals per night of hunting, and they are especially fond of birds, rabbits, and other small prey. Dingoes have been the bane of sheep and goat ranchers for centuries, and dingoes have been known to take extreme measures to eat. Livestock producers, animal control officers, and even pet owners are fed up with losing pets and livestock to predatory populations.
Not only are farmers and ranchers seeing losses from pest animals, police and insurance companies see a steady stream of motor vehicle accidents from animals running into roadways. The consequences of feral predatory animals running wild are far-reaching. Commercial meat producers, police, and local property owners are in agreement that the Australian government’s $5 million investment in the fence building project is worth it.
After the fence is completed, rangers will track and kill feral pest populations that are causing so many problems. When rangers are confident that predatory animal populations are under control, native species will be reintroduced to the area. Many are looking forward to seeing wild hares, birds, and koalas happily existing in their native habitat once more.
Police expect to see a drop in the number of accidents after the construction of road-side predator-proof fences is complete. All of Australia is cheering on fencing contractors the Ford Brothers and they progress through the massive undertaking. They are up for the job and on schedule.
Ford Brother’s fencing has worked with Developers and local Governments for over 10 years to provide environmental fencing services and solutions in Queensland. Contact Ford Brothers for information about how they can help you protect your residential property, livestock, and commercial interests.