Feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park

It is well established that feral horses degrade the alpine environment and are likely to drive already threatened species closer to extinction. The review of the 2008 Kosciuszko Horse Management plan reported that 76% of stream-banks were degraded in areas with feral horses, but only 11% were degraded in areas without horses. That report also listed threatened species at risk from the impacts of horses, including the critically endangered corroboree frog, alpine tree frog, alpine water skink, broad-toothed rat and Kiandra greenhood. The damage caused by horses to the environment led to horse impacts being listed as a potentially threatening process in Victoria.

Read ESA president Don Driscoll's letter to Premier Berejiklian.