Call for local hunters to join in deer cull
LUKE O’Sullivan (MLC, Northern Victoria) has called on the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio to allow recreational hunters and shooters to be involved in the trial of the culling of deer in the Alpine National Park.
Parks Victoria have announced that they will undertake a trial to try and reduce the number of deer in the high country of Victoria, but have said they are going to use professional shooters, rather than involving Victoria’s recreational hunters and shooters.
Mr O’Sullivan said that the idea of a deer cull was a reasonable enough proposition.
“There is a need to reduce the high number of deer in some parts of Victoria as the numbers are approaching around a million and deer are starting to appear in areas that we haven’t seen them before,” he added.
“But Victoria’s recreational hunters and shooters are skilled and knowledgeable and should be utilised for the deer cull trial.”
Many recreational hunters and shooters have a wealth of experience that Mr O’Sullivan believes would be a terrific resourcing boost to Parks Victoria’s control programs.
“Once you add the cost of Parks Victoria using their own staff, who will be paid overtime to go and cull a number of deer, it could become an expensive exercise,” he said.
“This could be a great way to save some money in this undertaking as well as a way to ensure that the deer cull trial uses those have expertise in the area to ensure that it is done in the most effective way.”
Mr O’Sullivan said that there was no doubt that deer numbers need to reduce drastically.
“The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change needs to think about this logically and utilise the resources we have,” he said.