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post #381 of 511 Old 12-05-2013, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah they certainly make you jump (no pun intended!). My youngster tries to be friends with them, we've got a little too family on the property and there's a host that has just started coming out of mum's pouch. Billy is absolutely intrigued, especially when it jumps back into its pouch!
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post #382 of 511 Old 12-05-2013, 12:43 AM
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In Perth, we have a large national park (just over 4000 hectares) that is within the city limits - Whiteman's Park. This year, they culled just over 4000 roos. I live on the outskirts of it, and still see so many roos!
Are there many more Roos than there used to be? I mean, is this cull necessary now because ,for some reason, populations are out of control? Or is that humans have taken away their habitat, and thus concentrated the remaining roo population into human areas?

Did they used to have some kind of natural predator that now they don't?

Are they at all dangerous? I suppose hitting a big one with your car would be dangerous.
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Are there many more Roos than there used to be? I mean, is this cull necessary now because ,for some reason, populations are out of control? Or is that humans have taken away their habitat, and thus concentrated the remaining roo population into human areas?

Did they used to have some kind of natural predator that now they don't?

Are they at all dangerous? I suppose hitting a big one with your car would be dangerous.
Whiteman park is like a mini ecosystem minus any predators, so it has become horrendously over populated. The roos would wander off to look for food else where making it dangerous for both them and people on the roads.

Oz doesn't really have all that many natural predators for larger animals once you get out of croc country. Of course we have snakes and spiders, but they aren't big enough to knock over a full grown kangaroo. Eagles and hawks will pick of babies, but they have plenty of other meals to go after with lambs etc.

Not dangerous like a predator type animal, but the males can be aggressive if they feel at all threatened and it is worse during breeding season. Even the smaller ones can write off a car if you hit them in the right spot, they usually travel in pairs or more, so the first one makes it across the road and his mate following gets hit.
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Yep tiny the population has become out of control, not because they encroach into built up areas. The populations get so big that they eat themselves to starvation.
No natural predators in Australia except the salt crocs up in northern Australia and they don't venture far from the water anyway. There are small predatory animals, but nothing big enough to take down a roo. Nothing like the US, we don't have any large predatory animals like cats and bears.
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Yep tiny the population has become out of control, not because they encroach into built up areas. The populations get so big that they eat themselves to starvation.
No natural predators in Australia except the salt crocs up in northern Australia and they don't venture far from the water anyway. There are small predatory animals, but nothing big enough to take down a roo. Nothing like the US, we don't have any large predatory animals like cats and bears.
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Just terrifying, deadly, poisonous little animals. Oh joy!

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Yep tiny the population has become out of control, not because they encroach into built up areas. The populations get so big that they eat themselves to starvation.
No natural predators in Australia except the salt crocs up in northern Australia and they don't venture far from the water anyway. There are small predatory animals, but nothing big enough to take down a roo. Nothing like the US, we don't have any large predatory animals like cats and bears.
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I don't mean to bring this thread off track, but since this roo talk, I just cannot resist learning more. Question is, WHY are populations of the Roos out of control? Something is different from decades past, right.? Even without major predators their populations must have been in some kind of natural balance in the past. So what has changed? Is it simply that with humans planting gardens that they have a greater food supply?
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Population explosion is seasonal, lately there has been a huge amount if extra feed due to fairly wet, warm winters.
It's like anything though, if humans weren't in the way the balance would be there. But we populate every continent now and unfortunately we have thrown out the ecosystems.
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I don't mean to bring this thread off track, but since this roo talk, I just cannot resist learning more. Question is, WHY are populations of the Roos out of control? Something is different from decades past, right.? Even without major predators their populations must have been in some kind of natural balance in the past. So what has changed? Is it simply that with humans planting gardens that they have a greater food supply?
Before, nature used to control the population of roos, now with farming etc we have manipulated that by cultivating crops (more food sources) and also building dams (more permanent water sources) so there is no "natural' culls any more. Kangaroo's have this amazing ability to abort/postpone the development of the foetus if the conditions aren't favourable for the doe or her joey.
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the Roos sound like the geese on my yard, they hide in the hedge untill you go past and then either hiss at you or jump out into the school as you go past. It has lead to several interesting moments whilst on Reeco
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It's looking like I'll have Billy back in about a week, in which case I definitely underestimated his brain as I was expecting him to be at the breakers for at least 6 weeks. Turns out my 'dumblood' is smarter than usual and has picked everything up with ease. His go button is still a little sticky so the breaker just wants him for about another week to improve that for me.
I went up to see him today for the first time and was very pleased with how he is working, and to see that he is using his body very well under saddle.
I can't wait to get on board!
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