Field & Game Australia

Inquiry hears wild deer evidence

Photo courtesy; David Searle

A Victorian Parliamentary Committee inquiry examining the control of invasive animals on Crown land has heard anecdotal evidence that wild deer are growing in stature as well as numbers.

Simon Toop, Game Management Authority Director Simon Toop told the hearing that the feedback on antler length was anecdotal but indicated deer, particularly Sambar, were thriving.

Australian Deer Association Executive Officer Barry Howlett told the public hearing that the range of the wild deer population is spreading and more areas of public land in Victoria should be made available for licensed deer hunters.

Field & Game Australia is also providing a submission to the inquiry which is a joint investigation by the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee.

Read more abut the public hearings in this article which appeared in today's Age newspaper

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