A beekeeper who has worked in NSW north coast national parks for more than 30 years says there is no feral animal problem locally.
Noel Parker supports the views of about 100 protesters who gathered outside Lismore MP Thomas George's office yesterday to voice concerns about plans to allow shooters into national parks in the name of feral animal control.
Mr Parker said feral animals may be causing problems in other parts of the state, but that's not the case on the north coast.
"I haven't seen any evidence at all to suggest that the numbers of feral animals are increasing or any current feral management plans are not working," he said.
"We haven't seen any empirical evidence at all that suggests which national parks on the Northern Rivers have a feral animal problem and that current feral animal management isn't working.
"All we have is figures extrapolated from parks in other parks in the state where there may be different problems and they are being applied to the Northern Rivers and I have a problem with that.
"The Game Council's website clearly indicates they're moving a lot of rabbits, foxes and deer from parks in other parts of the state and the assumption is that's occurring in this area but I don't think that's the case at all."
By Samantha Turnbull, ABC North Coast NSW