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Feral Animal Aerial Shooting Team (FAAST) training

The NSW government has an obligation to control feral animal populations in NSW national parks. One of the most effective and humane techniques for achieving this is aerial shooting, carried out by experts who have been accredited by the Feral Animal Aerial Shooting Team (FAAST) training program.

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Through rigorous instruction in the safe use of firearms, marksmanship, the humane removal of animals, and helicopter safety, the FAAST training program ensures that all government and semi-government employees who participate in feral animal control through aerial shooting are adequately prepared. In addition to this training, shooters must also complete a biannual re-accreditation to demonstrate that their skills remain at a high standard.

Aerial shooting from helicopters has been shown to be one of the most effective and humane techniques for containing feral animals. It is crucial in preventing outbreaks of animal diseases, and is sometimes also used to remove sick or injured livestock.

A FAAST management committee, including representatives from the RSPCA, guides the training program and oversees its protocols.

Parks related to this program

Kinchega National Park. Photo: John Spencer