THERE is an “in­flux of wild Deer” in Lom­bard­stown, Lyre and Nadd who are cross­ing the roads when it is dark and caus­ing alarm to mo­torists.

At the Kan­turk Mal­low mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict meet­ing, Cllr John Paul O’Shea (FG) said he has re­ceived a num­ber of re­ports of wild brown wild deer in the re­gion.

“There is a huge dan­ger of deer cross­ing the roads when it is dark and it is very alarm­ing for mo­torists in those re­gions, “he said.

He asked if coun­cil of­fi­cials could give guid­ance from a vet from the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture on this mat­ter. The meet­ing heard that it is not known just where the deer are com­ing from.

He also said that up to six weeks ago peo­ple had told him that they had never seen any deer in the area. He felt it would be a good step to erect warn­ing signs in the re­gions to alert mo­torists, par­tic­u­larly when driv­ing at night, that there are wild deer around. He said it was pos­si­ble that deer had “mi­grated over the moun­tain” from ar­eas where they are known to gather, such as in and around Ballingeary.

He said with a smile that the deer spot­ted in Nadd have not ven­tured out of Mal­low Cas­tle. “I do know that Kerry County Coun­cil has a ro­bust regime in place to deal with deer when they ven­ture out of Kil­lar­ney Na­tional Park,” he said.

Cllr Timmy Collins (Ind) said there has been deers in Rockchapel for many years.

“They were first no­ticed in Nadd, Lom­bard­stown and Ban­teer about six weeks ago and since then the sight­ings have be­come more and more fre­quent. There hasn’t been an ac­ci­dent yet but it’s only a ques­tion of time if we don’t do some­thing about it,” he said.

Jim Moloney of Cork County Coun­cil along with Liz Dono­van, Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict Of­fi­cer said they would make con­tact with the de­part­ment on the mat­ter and to see what could be done.

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