See Part 1 here: Native wildlife
Non-native (introduced) wildlife of the Western Downs (Queensland, Australia)
The words used to describe introduced/non-native animals eg “feral”, “pest”, “noxious”, “vermin” or “invasive” are usually negative and non-complimentary. I wonder if we applied the same to ourselves in this country of immigrants... This also fails to acknowledge that we immigrants are responsible for the introduction of these animals here. We brought them here, and are therefore responsible for their welfare. There are now non-indigenous animals in Australia that have been here generations. Some species (h. Sapiens) came from Europe, others from Asia and elsewhere, as the anthem goes: ‘from all the lands on earth we come’.
Wild animals cause damage to the natural environment and to agriculture and vegetation. They degrade the land, cause soil erosion, feed on most of the available plant species including pasture species. They destroy crops and pasture, as well as habitat for native plants and animals. They spread environmental weeds and could transmit and spread exotic diseases. They ringbark trees and shrubs, foul waterholes, and compete with native wildlife.
Yes, when in roam...
Camels are not native to Australia but are perfectly suited to the Outback environment. Australia's wild camel population is the biggest in the world.
Once I travelled miles and miles to near Miles for work. Then I walked 47 miles of barbed wire. Marty, who do you kid? Okay, maybe it was 47 miles of pipelines- alright, maybe just one mile, but "I'd walk a mile for a Camel!"
|Hey Cam. Pleased to meet you.|
|I met this flock at a floodway on Sherwood Road near Condamine.|
Camels were imported to provide transport through inland and outback Australia, and they have since made it their domain. They were used for riding and to supply goods to remote mines and settlements. Camels don't need roads and don't need to be shod like horses.
They are ideal as draught and pack animals (grown bulls like Cam here can carry up to 600kg) and were used for exploration and construction of rail and telegraph lines. Camels were integral to the construction of the overland telegraph line from Adelaide to Darwin, the transcontinental railway and the Canning stock route among other big projects.
|Cam and Mel trying to trick me with a 2-headed camel.|
Feral camels are the only large browser in Australia. Camels damage trees and shrubs when browsing and can severely defoliate preferred trees, shrubs, and vines.
Feral pigs are environmental and agricultural pests. Domestic pigs were brought to Australia at the time of European settlement as a food source. Initially, the pigs that escaped or were allowed to wander They spread rapidly mainly along watercourses and floodplains —Today, there's more wild pigs than there are humans, up to 23.5 million feral pigs are spread across about half of the continent.
|Many creeks in Bundi (west of Wandoan) hold a bit of water and tend to swell with significant rainfall. This pig met its fate near a small bridge at Horse Creek.|
Feral pigs are not found in the dry inland because they need to drink daily. In hot weather, they are usually found near water.
|This was somewhere along a stretch of Chinchilla-Tara Road between Condamine River (at Chinchilla weir) and Wambo Creek.|
Pigs breed like rabbits and can increase a population by more than 80 per cent each year in ideal conditions. Feral pigs cause damage through wallowing, rooting for food and selective feeding.
The feral European rabbit is one of the most widely distributed and abundant mammals in Australia. Domesticated rabbits arrived in Australia with the First Fleet. Today, feral rabbits occur throughout Australia, except in the northernmost areas. They prevent regeneration by eating seeds and seedlings.
|On a section of Burunga Lane near Guluguba and Wandoan.|
|Red and rusa deer in a deer farm in Mt Samson.|
Other feral animals in the great south land are goat, horse (brumby), water buffalo, european red fox, wild cat, wild dog. All these animals
I encountered a cheeky little red fox off the Kogan-Condamine Road once, but everytime i tried getting closer for a photo, it would run off to the bushes.
As for the others, I'll keep my eyes peeled. There's always a chance of spotting ferals in the jungles of Brisbane. And if I cannot take a photo, well it's
not the picture, but the face-to-face.
Happy huntin'. And do as the roamers do!
Now, about that murder that I saw...