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Wild deer are culled in Victoria to protect Aboriginal heritage sites and farms

Wild deer culled in Victoria to protect Aboriginal heritage sites and farms amid fears the wildlife will spread across the state

  • Deer ruining land and causing accidents in the Melbourne suburbs are under attack
  • Victorian Deer Control Strategy is a long-term plan with an investment of $ 1 million
  • The drive for removal follows studies damaging non-native species of plants

Wild deer ruining land and causing accidents in the suburbs of Melbourne will be targeted as part of a government Victorian environmental plan.

The Victorian Deer Control Strategy is a long-term plan that starts with a $ 1 million investment to reduce the numbers of wild deer in Melbourne’s outer northern and eastern suburbs.

The push to eradicate the non-native species follows studies showing that wild deer are spreading to previously unoccupied parts of the state, damaging native plants, wildlife and water quality, and areas of Aboriginal cultural significance and affect agriculture.

Wild deer ruining land and causing accidents in Melbourne's suburbs will be targeted as part of a Victorian government environmental plan (stock image)

Wild deer ruining land and causing accidents in Melbourne’s suburbs will be targeted as part of a Victorian government environmental plan (stock image)

The species is also the cause of road accidents and a risk to public safety, the government said Friday.

The deer control strategy is part of a broader biodiversity plan for the state and enables an expansion of sustainable hunting.

“Under this new strategy, recreational hunters will have more opportunities to assist with public land surveillance programs, continue hunting in more areas and be able to ethically purchase game game,” said Agriculture Secretary Jaclyn Symes.

Deer culling will be developed in conjunction with local authorities, Parks Victoria and traditional owners.

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