Temporary halt to brumby trapping request denied

Two snowy mountains brumbies. Photo by Amanda Butt.

The Snowy Mountains Brumby Sustainability and Management Group have written to the National Parks and Wildlife Service to request that they halt trapping this season until a clear brumby management plan has been established.

However, the NPWS has said trapping will go ahead on the northern end of KNP, encompassing Long Plain, this winter.

“As previously advised, NPWS will continue to implement the approved 2008 Kosciuszko National Park Horse Management Plan, until any revised Plan is approved,” an NPWS spokesperson said.

“The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) acknowledges the community and heritage values associated with the wild horse population in Kosciuszko National Park. NPWS has a legal duty to protect native plants and animals, and the historic and cultural features and values within the park.

“This includes minimising the impacts of introduced species, including wild horses. Introduced animals cause significant ground disturbance, damage to vegetation, riverbeds, streams and natural bogs and compete with native wildlife for food and habitat.”

SMBSMG President Alan Lanyon fears that the NPWS will take this opportunity to get rid of as many brumbies as possible, now that it appears the proposed cull of the snowy brumbies will be scaled back.

“Our opinion is that they’re going to go hell for leather this year and get whatever they can,” he said.

“Whatever they trap they’re going to take, and my understanding is that there’s not as many people looking for rehomed horses as there used to be.

“It doesn’t bode too well for the horses at all.

“Last year they only trapped around 240 horses but the average number would be 350 – 500. If they take that many out of Long Plain there won’t be many left up there at all. “This shows that NPWS have no intention of committing to open, transparent brumby management. The death-pens will run again this winter, effectively sentencing hundreds of snowy brumbies to a slaughterhouse death.”

Long Plain is closed to the public until the October long weekend.