'Judas camels' culling herds

Researchers at Murdoch University have discovered that fitting camels with tracking devices can lead them to herds of feral camels that need to be culled.

The camels, dubbed by researchers as ‘judas camels’, shift from one herd to another, rather than staying in family groups, allowing a single animal to lead shooters to multiple feral herds.

Dr Peter Spencer says the technique could be effective in controlling Australia’s feral camels, which remained surprisingly elusive despite their massive population.

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