Wild deer are put down af­ter fall­ing ill

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A NUM­BER of Lyme Park’s fal­low deer have had to be put down af­ter fall­ing ill.

Up to 100 wild deer have ei­ther died or have had to be eu­thanised since last win­ter, af­ter suc­cumb­ing to an in­fec­tion caused by a par­a­site which at­tacks the liver.

The af­fected an­i­mals are a breed of fal­low deer.

The park’s 380 red deer mean­while, which have been at the park as a herd for more than 600 years, are not af­fected and are con­tin­u­ing the thrive.

The Na­tional Trust, which runs the park, says that un­like the red deer, the fal­low deer were not par­tic­u­larly well suited to Lyme’s en­vi­ron­ment and suc­cumbed to the in­fec­tion over time.

The park says it has been steadily re­duc­ing its wild fal­low deer herd since last win­ter, in re­sponse to ex­pert ad­vice.

A Na­tional Trust spokes­woman said: “We man­age num­bers of wild deer to keep the wild herds healthy - but in this case, reg­u­lar vet­eri­nary check-ups as part of this pro­gramme re­vealed that the health of the fal­low deer herd had de­te­ri­o­rated.

“Vet­eri­nary in­spec­tions con­cluded that there was a vul­ner­a­bil­ity to the health and well­be­ing of th­ese wild fal­low deer.

“Hav­ing con­sid­ered all other op­tions, we re­luc­tantly ac­cepted the only course of ac­tion was to re­move the deer from the site in as ap­pro­pri­ate and hu­mane a way as pos­si­ble.

“Our pri­mary con­cern at Lyme is to en­sure our deer herds are in a healthy con­di­tion, and to con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tor and main­tain healthy stock. We con­tinue to reg­u­larly take vet­eri­nary ad­vice in the care of our deer to en­sure th­ese beau­ti­ful an­i­mals re­main a part of Lyme’s his­tory and land­scape.”

●● Up to 100 fal­low deer in Lyme Park have ei­ther died or been put down

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