SHOOTERS will be choppered into the Snowy River National Park, in East Gippsland, to destroy feral cattle.
Parks Victoria district manager Will McCutcheon said 10 cattle remained in the park.
“Parks Victoria had recent success with helicopters used to locate the cattle and drop skilled shooters into remote, rugged sites, where access has been an issue,” he said. “With another helicopter operation we hope to remove the last of the cattle over the next few weeks.”
Gordon Moon, a farmer at Black Mountain in East Gippsland, was “devastated” to learn of the cull. His family owned a cattle-grazing lease in the park before cattle grazing in national parks was banned.
When asked if the cattle could be his, Mr Moon said: “I can’t lay claim to them because they’re not earmarked, but I can claim an interest in them.
“I’d think it’d be costing squillions to cull them.”
Victorian National Parks Association spokesman Phil Ingamells said: “They (cattle) are not meant to be there.”