Feral horses, also called brumbies, are widespread throughout Australia. In the Australian Alps, feral horses have been subject to heated debate in the media and in the courts. With claim and counter-claim splashed across the tabloids, how can interested community members work out which arguments the evidence actually supports? In this seminar I will clarify the evidence behind questions that often come up in debate. What is the damage that feral horses cause in the Australian alps? What evidence is there that the damage is caused by horses and not other feral animals? How humane is aerial culling and how much do horses suffer if numbers are not managed? Are feral horses unique and irreplaceable? Answers to these questions and more will be explained, drawing on the scientific literature and historical facts.
Questions from the audience will be taken during and after the webinar, using the Q/A typed-question function and mediated by a valiant MC.