Heat and drought are causing feral camels to overrun communities in Australia

Heat and drought are causing feral camels to overrun communities in Australia

“We have been stuck in stinking hot and uncomfortable conditions, feeling unwell, because all the camels are coming in and knocking down fences, getting in around the houses and trying to get water through air-conditioners,” APY Executive Board Member Marita Baker said in the statement. To ease the human-animal conflict exacerbated by these conditions, Australian officials engaged in a 5-day aerial shooting effort. While the camel hunt coincided with the massive bushfires that have swept the country, the two events are not directly related (although both the fires and camel problems are made worse by extreme heat and drought).

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