Australians need to eat more kangaroos as the marsupial’s population booms

New government data shows Australia’s kangaroo population is close to hitting 50 million.

In 2016, there were almost 45 million kangaroos in Australia, compared to about 27 million in 2010.

It’s understood the huge rise in numbers in recent years is mainly due to environmental conditions; high rainfall has resulted in more food.

Experts are now encouraging people to hunt the Australian native animal and eat more kangaroo meat.

According to a report published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, kangaroos are seen as national pests.

They damage fences, compete with domestic livestock for food and water and trample crops.