Re­search to tackle our feral deer prob­lems

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Top 5 Topics -

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.

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PESTS: Deer tram­ple pro­tected plants and ring bark trees by rub­bing their antlers against them.

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