Farmers in Western Australia have come together as part of a 3 day national hunt to rid the Australian region of feral animals.
The hunt attracted recreational shooters and farmers from all across the Australian state and killed 450 foxes, 59 rabbits, 11 feral cats and 11 wild pigs the ABC has reported.
The above animals are all introduced species to Australia and are seen as feral pests causing damage to livestock, farmland and crops.
Local farmers described the 3 days event as vital to the region in clearing in particular foxes who have become a major threat to a increased sheep population in the area.
Dough Corker said that the fox problem was so bad that he had to maintain a vigil throughout lambing season to ward off foxes.
"I'll go out every second hour from sunset to sunrise just to keep an eye on things, but the foxes are there all the time," Mr Corker told the ABC.
Introduced into Australia in 1845 for sports hunting the fox has quickly become a major pest throughout the island nation.
Leading scientists and experts have laid the blame of many small animal exticntions on the fox and wild cat numbers.
Many small native Australian animals and birds now face extinction due to feral animal numbers and predation.
Wild pigs are said to now number in the tens of thousands in the Australian state and are causing huge amounts of damage to farms and crops including rooting and digging up earth.
Pigs are now seen as another major threat for WA farmers as they reach sexual maturity early and can breed in huge numbers rapidly.
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