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Donkeys on pest watch list in far west | The Land



A decade ago donkeys were not considered a pest on the rugged terrain in the far west.

Fast forward to today and their numbers have grown dramatically to the point where they are reaping destruction wherever they go.

They break fences and compete for pasture with the grazing units of a feral donkey estimated at seven Dry Sheep Equivalent

“They weren’t here 10 years ago and have grown in numbers in the last couple of years,” Graham Turner from Grasmere Station said, which is north of Broken Hill.

“They were further north but as they were not controlled up there they have eaten out areas and moved into other areas, spreading their territory.

“The seasonal conditions have not been favourable in the last few years, and with few resources on the…

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