The South Australian Department for Environment and Water said that it plans on killing up to 5,000 camels in the coming weeks due to environmental concerns stemming from the animals’ overpopulation.
Report informs citing the Fox 13, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), 10,000 camels are flocking to water sources.
ABC reported that increases in the camel population had caused environmental concerns near the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
“In some cases, dead camels have contaminated important water sources and cultural sites,” a spokesperson for the Department for Environment and Water told ABC.
Lands manager Richard King said that the camels could smell water from up to 5 kilometers away.
“Even the moisture that your air conditioner generates will attract them, and when you’ve got four or five animals wanting water — they’re quite capable of breaking air conditioners,” King told ABC.
The government said they expect to kill the camels by helicopter, and then burn the remains “following highest standards of animal welfare,” ABC reported. The government added that this could be the first of several culls to reduce the overpopulation of camels in the region.