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Feral deer are a problem in Queensland and could potentially establish in the Northern Rivers if prompt action isn’t taken. Photo supplied.

The Tweed Shire, Byron Shire, and Kyogle councils have joined forces to find out just what is happening with feral deer in the region.

The councils have launched a survey to understand the community’s perception of feral deer, the impacts of feral deer, the presence or absence of feral deer in the Northern Rivers, and the need to control them.

Local feral deer management expert Rachel Hughes, who is managing the survey on behalf of the councils, said feral deer were spreading and it could potentially be a big problem if we don’t take action now.

‘Feral deer are in all states and territories of Australia but they are in largest numbers in the eastern parts of Victoria and NSW, where they are spreading quickly,’ said Ms Hughes.

‘For example, in NSW, the 6 species of feral deer now inhabit 22 per cent of the State, where their distribution has spread by 35 per cent since 2016.

‘Just over the border in Queensland, feral deer are a significant problem and have recently been spotted in front yards, along roads and in suburbia. If we don’t act now, it won’t be long before they potentially establish in the Northern Rivers too.’

Residents asked to fill out survey 

Council is urging residents to fill out the new survey with results to be used to formulate integrated management programs to stop the spread and prevent the establishment of feral deer in the Northern Rivers.

‘Our challenge is to stop the spread and prevent the establishment of feral deer in the Northern Rivers,’ said Ms Hughes.

‘The purpose of this survey is to gather information about the presence, absence and distribution of feral deer in the Tweed, Kyogle and Byron Shire regions. Results from the survey will provide important data for the Northern Rivers Feral Deer Alert Program.’

Six species of feral deer have been introduced in Australia and are fast becoming one of the nation’s most concerning pest animals as they breed quickly and become difficult to manage as populations grow.

There have been 50 confirmed sightings of feral deer reported in the Tweed since the Northern Rivers Feral Deer Alert program was launched in May 2021.

Residents are urged to complete the short survey by 31 October 2023 at tweed.nsw.gov.au/deer.

Prevent feral deer getting out of control by reporting all sightings to feralscan.org.au/deerscan.

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  1. Spreading rapidly due to deals with shooters and fishers party where not a feral animal but a game animal meaning couldn’t put in action plans to control. Like the NATs making brumbies pretty well protected in the alpine region. Hopefully these idiotic decisions will be reversed soon.

  2. Sorry Rod, you are on the wrong tack here.
    In NSW ALL deer species are classed as feral pests, with LLS and NPWS co-ordinating current action plans.
    Wild horses ditto – hence all the fuss over the control measures against them recently in the Snowies.
    I agree all invasive vertebrate species are a serious problem for land-owners and managers.
    They need all the assistance they can get from governments and skilled volunteer members of the public.

    • In QLD, the deer farmers are allowed to go round them up, and add them to their herds for free $$$. I spent a winter rounding up feral goats for market $$$.

    • That’s funny when doing a feral dog control course with lands department it was mentioned that deer aren’t classified as feral and it restricted what the local lands department people could do.

      • Rod please read again my post [above].
        When you say ‘NSW Lands Dept’ you could be slightly behind recent invasive species developments.
        Perhaps should check with LLS (Local Land Services = the old PP Board) via Dept of Primary Industries (DPI) that deer are NOT now classed as ‘feral’?
        Actually they have been legally since 6/11/19 in NSW.
        Thus, all deer species (in NSW) are now classed as “pests” with the usual lethal statutory controls applying.


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