Comments sought on feral deer

STAKEHOLDERS now have until Monday, February 28, to comment on Queensland’s first Feral Deer Management Strategy.

The extension is to give those affected by recent extreme weather events the chance to comment.

Biosecurity Queensland general manager Bruce Wilson said the strategy aimed to control feral deer populations.

“Feral deer can damage the environment, pose a disease threat to livestock and carry parasites such as ticks,” Dr Wilson said.

“They are also a danger to people, causing traffic accidents in built-up areas.

“This strategy is not about getting rid of all feral deer – it’s about managing populations to minimise impacts and the spread of feral deer to new areas.”

Dr Wilson said feral deer numbers in Queensland had increased from 20,000 in 1982 to more than 30,000 today, and their distribution had widened considerably.

He said landholders had different responsibilities in controlling different classes of pests on their properties, and local governments also had a responsibility to ensure management of these declared pests was implemented.

Anyone who has an interest in feral deer can have their say on the strategy by visiting www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au until February 28.

For more information, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit the website (above).



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