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Panel 5: The Impact of Sheep and Other Introduced Animals on The Environment

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Panel 5: The Impact of Sheep and Other Introduced Animals on The Environment

The introduction of sheep in Victoria in the 1830s, was the single biggest factor in early degradation of grasslands. By 1851, six million sheep were found on the plains. The hard hooves of the sheep replaced the soft footed mammals, traditional land management techniques used by Aboriginal people were altered and they quickly wiped out native plants like Myrnong (yam daisy).

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