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Experts are encouraging Aussies to eat more kangaroo meat due to a boom in numbers of the marsupial in the wild.

According to a government report there are now almost 50 million kangaroos, more than twice the number of people in Australia.

Associate Professor David Paton from the University of Adelaide told ABC if we ate more kangaroos it might be easier to help lower the numbers.

'If we're going to cull these animals we do it humanely, but we also perhaps should think about what we might use the animals that are killed for,' he said.

Professor David Lindenmayer from the Australian National University told the BBC 95 per cent of kangaroo carcasses are sent overseas, and 'it's a shame we don't eat more at home'.

He claims that 'roos produce less methane than cows, believing they could replace more traditional livestock if their popularity improved - and better for the environment.

There's just one issue, he said. 'In Australia, we don't like eating 'Skippy'.'

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