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Footage of roo plague goes viral

JUMPING JOEYS: A screen grab from the footage, showing hundreds of kangaroos of plague proportions on a property near Longreach.
JUMPING JOEYS: A screen grab from the footage, showing hundreds of kangaroos of plague proportions on a property near Longreach. Contributed

BOUNDING across the road, only just dodging the four-wheel-drive, dots of brown clouded the landscape in Longreach as local Karissa Gesler filmed a 58-second video.

Within hours the video had gone viral with 50,000 views and shares on Facebook, showing the plague proportions of kangaroos.

Karissa uploaded the video on January 10 and said the roos "outnumber the stock 50 to 1".

"The land is suffering from drought as it is without the problem of having a plague of roos," she said.

"It's the last thing we need."

Karissa described the roos as "oversized rats".

"They are very destructive and with them being in plague proportions they have become very dangerous for everyone driving," she said.

"They now live in town as well which is absurd.

"They steal what's left of the food and water needed for the stock and scare the sheep and cattle.

"People assume we want to get rid of all of them and that simply isn't true, we just need to control the numbers humanely."

Jundah airstrip, near Longreach, has been awarded $140,000 to prevent kangaroos and livestock wandering onto the airstrip, it was announced yesterday.


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