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Oz Faces Extinction?

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Of course the Aboriginals originally developed the bush fire management techniques to do two things:

1/. less brush and undergrowth made it easier to hunt.

2/. if you stood in the right spot when the burn was on, the animals would run towards you. Then even grandma Yindi could clobber a 'roo with ease.

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The Native Americans (well, not really native but there long before the rest of us) also used burns to clear the brush in forests. When the first Brits arrived they described the forests as looking like an English park. (And despite all the talk about Indian wars etc., it was really European diseases that defeated the native folks. Even ordinary diseases such as measles could kill those who had never been exposed to them, though it was small pox - contracted from sailors on an English merchant ship that stopped in New England even before colonisation - that depopulated the area where the 1620 Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. That's something to remember if you should ever happen to encounter ET and his friends.)

 

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