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Kangaroo culling goal in Australia may not be reached

July 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM

CANBERRA, Australia, July 15 (UPI) -- A government-approved reduction of Australia's kangaroos is under way but shooters may not reach their goal by the end of the month, authorities said.

The Australian Capital Territory's Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled 1,244 eastern grey kangaroos on seven reserves in the Canberra area would be killed by July 31 after deciding the action was justified for conservation reasons, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury said that, after legal challenges from the Australian Society for Kangaroos to cancel the culling, little time is left for shooters.

Rangers and licensed shooters have begun the shootings although some protesters have been observed at the sites, Rattenbury said.

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