Fallow deer a risk to safety

NUMBERS GAME: A University of Tasmania study found deer numbers could shoot to more than 1 million by 2050.Meander Valley Council has made a submission to the Legislative Council about the growing population of wild fallow deer, amid growing concernsthe animal could poseasafetythreat tothe municipality.
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A submission seeking changes to the animal’s protected statuswas unanimouslypassed at this month’s council meeting, with councillor Tanya King citing motor accidents and property damage as anincreasing problem.

CrKing said she had been made aware of four recent motor vehicleincidents involving deer.

“I have been approached by several members of the community who are suitably qualified, and are very concerned about the observed rise in numbers, and the increased numbers of sightings, fence and crop damage, and incidence of deer on our roads,” Cr King said.

“They’re becoming an increasing problem and they don’t just live up in the mountains anymore, we’ve got a colony right here in Westbury who graze in the cemetery every night.”

Despite being an introduced species, the animal currently enjoys a protected status in Tasmania.

Hunters are limitedto two deer per season, one of which must beantlerless, and can only hunt one one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.

Dogs or spotlights cannot be used in a hunt.

In 2015, a University of Tasmania report found the state’s deer population could skyrocket from 40,000 to more than 1 million by 2050 under the current legislation.

“A farmer or a road user who has an animal that’s creating a problem or a nuisance can’t do anything about it unless they have a permit to take deer or a crop protection permit,and because they’re introduced they have no natural predator apart from us and we’ve got one hand tied behind our back.

“The numbers continue to grow and we’re noticing that they’re in Westbury, sometimes you see them on the the Bass Highway around Prospect and Hadspen there -one of our councillors saw one at Blackstone Heights recently and near Bunnings.”

Council have called for residents to report any sightings or encounters with wild fallow deer on roads in the municipality.

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