Measures to control feral deer population

Rusa deer

Council is taking significant strides to control the region’s feral deer population, as outlined today in a report to the Planning and Regulatory Committee.

Chair of Council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee Councillor Ellen Smith said that the coordinated approach identified in the report is the best strategy to minimise the impact of feral deer.

“In recent months we have seen some of the problems these rusa deer can cause,” said Cr Smith.

“Not only are they a hazard for motorists, they’re an invasive species that can spread weeds and diseases. They also destroy vegetation, and compete with native animals for food.

“Unfortunately, their population is also increasing, and without a coordinated and strategic approach now they will cause an even greater issue.

“We have an obligation to our community – as well as a legal obligation under the Biosecurity Act 2014 – to take action to minimise the risks associated with invasive animals.

“Council officers have investigated all of the available control methods to minimise the impact of deer, and have found that the most effective solution is a combined response of trapping and ground shooting control.

“We will be working collaboratively with relevant landowners as well as Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Livingstone Shire Council to implement management activities.

“We would also like to ask anyone in the community who spots a deer to report the sighting, either by contacting Council or through the FeralScan website or mobile app.

“At the moment, the feral deer population is still controllable, and if we introduce strategic and coordinated methods now we will save our community significant economic and ecological damage down the line.”

Feral deer sightings can be reported by contacting Council on 4932 9000.

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