23 Dec 2009

Australian farmers overrrun with kangaroos

12:50 pm on 23 December 2009

Graziers in Australia say they are overrun with kangaroos.

Recent heavy rainfall in parts of Queensland has prompted large numbers of marsupials to flock to the newly green countryside.

Further south, however, a long-standing drought has forced a suspension in culling of kangaroos in parts of New South Wales.

A temporary ban on hunting has been imposed in a 100,000 sq km area near the town of Griffith.

The BBC reports the decision means fewer animals are being hunted under licence.

Animal rights campaigners claim kangaroos are on the brink of extinction.

They dispute government estimates there are about 25 million of the creatures across the continent.