No need to inform public about brumbies on Fraser: QPWS

A SPOKESWOMAN from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service says the knowledge of the remaining brumbies on Fraser Island wasn't shared with the public after they were captured on motion-activated cameras in early 2014 because it was "not a standard practice of the department".

The spokeswoman said notifying the public of the remaining brumbies was unnecessary because the horses were inhabiting a remote part of Fraser Island which was generally inaccessible to tourists.

"The fact that they can exist discreetly for 10 years demonstrates that they are not in an area of public access," she said.

She said there was no need for concern for people visiting the island.

Until this week it was believed all the brumbies had been removed from the island more than a decade ago.

But images released by the department after queries made by the Chronicle brought the existence of the remaining group of horses to light.

The spokeswoman said there had been historic reports of the people being kicked or bitten by the brumbies on Fraser Island and being left with serious injuries.

"This was due to people feeding and/or being in close proximity to the horses," the spokeswoman said,

But the spokeswoman said the negative interactions with people was not why the horses had been removed, saying it was their impact on the environment on the island that was the main consideration.

"QPWS is considering options for the permanent removal of the feral horses from the Great Sandy National Park in line with its management plan," she said.

"Considerations will include community views, logistics and cost."


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