An aerial survey to estimate kangaroo numbers across regional South Australia will begin next week.
Department for Environment and Water staff will take to the skies from Monday for the operation that will run until July 9.
Senior Kangaroo Ecologist Amanda McLean says the survey will include the North Flinders, areas on either side of the dog fence, the northeast pastoral, the eastern districts, the southern Flinders, and areas on Eyre Peninsula.
"The survey allows the department to determine kangaroo response to the recent drought over the pastoral land as well as in the wetter agricultural areas," Dr McLean said.
The department also supplements the aerial survey with predictive population models to determine quotas for the five kangaroo harvest regions across the state.
In 2020, populations across the survey areas were estimated at 1.2 million for red kangaroos, about one million for grey kangaroos, just over 500,000 for Euros and about 50,000 for eastern greys.
Australian Associated Press