How are the brumbies destroying Victoria’s high country?

 

Brumby is a factor that is causing several environmental damages, increasing an unaffordable pressure to the Victoria high-country ecosystem. They interrupted the normal balance of the Alphin Eco-system and cause difficulty for other species to survive.

Soil Erosion

Not like the other ordinary horses, brumbies substantially alter the composition of plant communities through trampling, and they often travel along the same path, that indicates the damage has been done repeatedly. The force of travelling impacts on the ground will leave irreversible damage to the high-country grassland, which causes the soil cannot hold water any more and leaves the plant and vegetation being hindered. That will lead the grassland not useful to any other purpose as a result of fall into disuse, also increasing chances of brush fire risks.

Resource Consumption

Due to the excessive increase of the wild horse, the natural resource has been heavily consumed by the brumby. because of one of the attribute “smartness”, brumby will select the best and most suitable spring sites and stay there until the resource totally running out. An adult horse will drink between 15 to 45 liters of water per day, the intake may vary depends on their daily activities and temperature.

On the other hand, brumby likes to eat aquatic vegetation and macroinvertebrates to main the body hydrant level. The large consumption of mayflies, caddisflies, snails, and leeches by feral horse leaves limited food resource for the birds and ducks, and place them in an endangered environment.

What are the management plans for this issue?

 

On 2 July 2018, the Victorian Government released the Protection of the Alpine National Park – Feral Horse Strategic Action Plan 2018-2021 to resolve this problem with several resolutions.

Where is the conflict raised?

 

 

The Australian Brumby Alliance (ABA) had sought an injunction to stop Parks Victoria from undertaking removal of feral horses from the Alpine National Park under its ‘Protection of the Alpine National Park- Feral Horse Strategic Action Plan 2018-2021’.But the protesters keep up the fight to save brumbies in the high country, because people have an emotional attachment to the historical heritage and acting as an integral part of our Australian society, and they are not ready to accept this legislation within Victoria plans to cull the brumby. The Victorian public request the government to abandon plans to remove all brumbies from the Bogong High Plains, Barmah, and Eastern Alps and sustain the brumby populations in Victoria to enshrine the brumby in Australia’s history for future generations.

What are people talking about the brumbies?

 

From the visualization of the word cloud, the heated vocabularies have discussed around the brumbies are “Feral” “Argued”, “Maguire”, “Shooting” and “Damage”. 

Due to the fact of the excessive increase of feral horses at the high country national parks, the damage has been done permanently to Victoria’s high country’s ecosystem. Based on the results of these sentiment data collections from the public, we noticed the Victoria government is requiring an effective solution urgently, and “shooting” are the most frequent methods that appeared throughout our analysis.

What is people’s attitude of brumbies?

 
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This pie chart shows the percentage of people whose attitude towards brumbies is positive, neutral and negative separately.

Positive means the public wants to preserve brumbies as part of the history and culture of Victoria’s high country.

Neutral means the public sees the brumbies as Victorian species.

Negative means the public sees the brumbies as a threat to Victorian high-country enviroment.

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