THE LAND newspaper has reported a massive increase in kangaroo numbers in the western plains area of New South Wales.
Red kangaroo numbers have almost tripled since 1984 from about a population of 2 million to about 5.1 million in 2017. Red kangaroos weigh 55 -90 kilograms in the case of an adult male. The average height is 1.5 metres.
The big reds represent the biggest threat to country drivers due to their substantial size and the large numbers in areas such as the western plains.
According to The Land, grey kangaroos hit the 3.8 million mark in 2017, compared to 2.7 million in 2006. Aside from the road danger kangaroos represent a serious financial burden for farmers who still require permits to control their numbers.
Large numbers of kangaroos are a fact of life for those living in rural areas and it is useful when newspapers such as The Land highlight the issue so awareness is raised. Hopefully such efforts can bring home to city-based people (including those in government departments) that life is a bit different in the bush.