Community members have banded together to voice their anger at Greens Beach Golf Club announcement they will begin culling wild animals in the coming weeks.
The decision, set to be enacted as early this week, is a response from the club to keep their course playable and avoid wild wallabies and rabbits damaging the playing facility.
However, the announcement has angered community members and led to the creation of a petition on Change.org to enable the residents to demonstrate their frustration.
At the time of writing, the petition has garnered over 1500 signatures, over 500 of them came within the first 24 hours.
The club's Facebook has also been inundated with negative responses in reaction to the announcement.
Petition creator Debby Hammer said she was disappointed by the golf club's announcement.
"I saw The Examiner article and knew I had to step up. So I made the petition and began to share," she said.
"I was saddened but not at all surprised. We've seen many golf courses throughout Australia go to similar lengths to eradicate native wildlife."
One community member, who wants to remain anonymous due to community backlash, said the culling practice was outdated.
"They really should abandon this practice. Its so outdated. Other businesses have come up with alternative solutions," they said.
"When golf courses are designed they need to have the wildlife in mind. Surely an impact study could been done on how the golf course would have affected the wildlife at Greens Beach Golf Club."
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Previously, the club expressed that the damage inflicted on the course by the wild animals made the course seem unviable.
""Every morning you come and you think why did you even do it [cut the greens] in the first place," course greenkeeper Peter Blazely said previously.
"There are that many down here it's just an ongoing thing."
Ms Hammer said Tasmania's wildlife deserved better treatment after being forced to endure bushfires, droughts and floods.
"People have seen first hand what these animals have to do to survive," she said.
"Our wildlife have been through hell and back. They've survived recent bushfires, droughts, floods."
Ms Hammer hopes that the golf club could look at incorporating the animals into an ecotourism concept.
"We've seen eco tourism flourish at other golf courses and bringing the owners a second income, so there's proof it can be done," she said.
"I think the government need to stand up and help these businesses work towards a sustainable positive solution as slaughter should never be the answer.
"I'd love to see ecotourism become the norm instead of the exception."
The culling practice would not be the first time it is instituted at the club.
In 2011 a professional shooter killed about 1600 animals in three months during a cull at the golf course.
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