The Territory’s annual cull of Eastern Grey Kanagroos will return from Sunday.

More than 1,500 Kangaroos are expected to be removed as a result.

ACT Parks and Conservation Director, Daniel Iglesias said the yearly Kangaroo management program is vital to address conservation concerns of Canberra’s reserves while also maintaining public safety.

“Kangaroos are an integral part of the ecosystems around Canberra and we hope the community will understand that the conservation cull is vital for the wellbeing of the environment and the many plants and animals that call our reserves home.”

“Research demonstrates that overgrazing by kangaroos, particularly in critical conservation areas, can threaten the survival of local grassland sites and species as well as cause erosion and promote weed infestations.”

The annual cull continues to face opposition from animal rights groups with the Territory implementing a number of alternative strategies in recent years, including fencing and fertility control, alongside its shooting program.

“The cull is undertaken is strict accordance with the National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Non-Commercial Purposes.”

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“The ACT also employs additional measures so that best-practice animal welfare standards are met and exceeded.”

“Nobody likes shooting kangaroos, however we accept it’s the most humane method of kangaroo population management currently available to the ACT Government in its role as a responsible land manager.”

From 16 May, The Mount Ainslie, Mount Majura, East Jerrbomberra Grasslands, Farrer Ridge, Goorooyaroo and Mulligans Flat reserves will be closed in the evenings from Sunday to Thursday to allow the program to take place.

Nature reserves will remain open during the day and on weekends.

It’s expected the affected sites will fully reopen to the public from 1 August.