Research to tackle our feral deer problems
TO TACKLE the escalating threat of feral deer, the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions has brought together five state and territory governments, three local councils, three universities and three private environmental groups to form Australia’s largest deer management research collaboration.
Worth a combined investment of $8.7 million, including $3.2 million of direct funding from the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the collaboration will work on four innovative projects to develop best practice management feral deer toolkits and better understand the role of feral deer in the transmission of disease to livestock, including foot and mouth disease.
One project will be specifically looking at developing management strategies for feral deer in peri-urban areas also.
Andreas Glanznig, CEO of the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions said that this large-scale collaboration was formed off the back of a National Workshop on Deer Management.
“The workshop identified a number of knowledge and innovation priorities that must be addressed to more effectively manage this emerging national issue,” he said.
To find out more visit www.invasives.com.au.
PESTS: Deer trample protected plants and ring bark trees by rubbing their antlers against them.