SEVERAL Yanchep landowners have agreed to install fencing to stop kangaroos entering residential areas.
The Times reported concerns from residents and the Northern Valleys Wildlife Support group in March about fencing installed at Sun City Country Club that was seen as ‘land locking’ kangaroos into nearby housing estates.
The City of Wanneroo mediated with the club, wildlife group, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Peet, Prime-West and Yanchep Beach Joint Venture.
Mayor Tracey Roberts said it resulted in an agreement to build containment fencing along the perimeters of the area by the end of next month.
“We are confident this will bring about the best results for the community, the stakeholders, and importantly, the kangaroos,” she said.
The fencing could range in length from 5km to 6km and cost up to $250,000, which landowners will cover.
After installation, the kangaroos will be “rounded up” from surrounding streets and open space and moved on to the golf course before being “guided out” into adjacent bushland.
Wildlife carer Sonia Cooke said she believed fencing was a positive result.
“We need to keep these animals contained so it will be easier in the long run to move them,” she said.
“The fencing will stop the kangaroos being able to get back into the housing estates.”
A statement from the City said artificial habitats were not suitable for kangaroos in the long term and the Yanchep population was in “poor condition” and “vulnerable to harm”.
“Their removal will benefit the overall kangaroo population and will also eliminate the damage the kangaroos are causing to the area by over-grazing, damaging fences and local gardens, carrying ticks and parasitic worms,” it said.
“Their removal will to some degree be traumatic for the kangaroos and owing to the poor physical condition many are currently in, some will not survive relocation.
“This is however unavoidable and many of the kangaroos are currently dying due to disease, suspected dog attacks and other factors in their environment.”