These animals probably disappeared from the Australian mainland in large part due to human impact. They will likely thrive when reintroduced – if they are protected.
America also has species that were successfully reintroduced in places where people had killed them out. Wild turkey, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, bison, horses, wolves, whooping cranes, salmon – the list goes on – are examples. All received protection from unrestricted hunting.
“Invasive Species” ideologues who say that species like horses are no longer “natives” once humans have wiped them out, should think about this.
Wildfire continues to devastate the American West at increasing rates. According to some, the plan that could combat the danger of forest fire lies in the complicated history and present role of the wild horse.