A web platform for communities to share knowledge in Feral deer management tells us Feral deer are estimated to cost land managers an average of $2,133 a year for each property, for control activities
The new website launched today will support national efforts to tackle the growing feral deer problem, as many farmers indicate feral deer were becoming a major problem across Australia.
Feral deer cause significant impacts on agriculture, the environment and are a road kill safety concern in parts.
The new website will support the development and delivery of the National Feral Deer Action Plan, raise awareness of feral deer impacts, and provide strategies and tools for managing feral deer.
It provides platform for communities wanting to manage the impacts of feral deer in their local area, and to share knowledge of what is and isn’t working, through videos, podcasts and events. It will also provide access to news articles and updates on research findings.
The website will help groups across the country to coordinate their efforts to control feral deer and share knowledge on how to manage impacts.”
The National Feral Deer Action Plan is currently being developed by a national working group, led by Dr Annelise Wiebkin, the National Deer Management Coordinator.
It is claimed Feral deer cause damage to our natural environment and agricultural businesses by trampling plants, grazing, and ring-barking young trees, fouling waterholes, causing soil erosion, spreading weeds and potentially transmitting livestock diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease.
See more on the Feral Deer website here.