Hunter Local Land Services (HLLS) deer control program has been successful in the Upper Hunter.
The Biosecurity Team have culled nearly 2000 deer from the region including Fallow and Red deer.
This program was initiated after HLLS received numerous reports of deer encroaching closer and closer to towns.
“Deer are very destructive, eating pastures and crops, damaging native habitats and now with the drought, they are desperately in search of food and water,” said Biosecurity team leader Luke Booth.
“Hunter Local Land Services is prioritising our pest species control programs to assist drought-affected landholders across our region."
“This year has been disastrous for many local producers and reducing the number of feral species competing for limited feed and water supplies is crucial.”
The total number of pests controlled in the Hunter region by HLLS is now more than 6730 animals which include 4235 deer and 2434 pigs. These programs were specifically initiated under Hunter Local Land Services drought support measures.
Hunter Local Land Services is now working on plans for follow up control programs in the district.
“We know pest animals are one of the biggest concerns for local landholders regardless of the season, but the drought has really exacerbated these issues, and by undertaking targeted strategic programs in known hotspots we are getting some really good results,” said Luke Booth.
“This is the second aerial campaign in the Upper Hunter since winter and encouragingly we noticed deer had not returned in large numbers to the properties we had previously targeted,"
“We urge all landholders to report sightings of deer to Local Land Services, as well as any other pest species impacting their livestock or properties, so we can continue to target these pest populations.”
The NSW Government recently made changes to deer hunting across the state.
The regulations were lifted including seasonal restrictions on the hunting of fallow, red, wapiti and hog deer are suspended. It also means that the use of spotlights and other electronic devices, hunting from vehicles and hunting deer at night on private land is allowed.
A Game Hunting Licence continues to be required to hunt deer on private or public land in NSW.
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