Residents have say on feral deer

GYMPIE region’s residents can have their say on a new strategy that will help manage feral deer in the state.

Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin said feral deer posed a serious threat to Queensland’s primary producers causing extensive damage to grazing land.

“They also damage the environment, pose a disease threat to livestock and carry parasites and ticks,” Mr Mulherin said.

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

“Feral deer are a statewide problem with an estimated 30,000 deer living in 20 populations across Queensland.”

“Hot spot areas include the western suburbs of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Southern Downs area, the Charters Towers area and in the Barcaldine and Isaac regional council areas.”

Mr Mulherin said the feral deer strategy would give landholders, industry groups, local governments and state agencies a plan to reduce the impacts of the pest species. Biosecurity Queensland general manager Bruce Wilson said the draft Feral Deer Management Strategy was the first step in managing the pest following last year’s declaration.

To have your say on the strategy go to www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au.

Gympie Times


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