Monday, December 17, 2007

AUSTRALIA NEWS: Farmers Want Introduced Sambar Deer Declared Pest

East Gippsland farmers in south-east Victoria are continuing their campaign to have sambar deer declared a pest animal.

A scientific committee has recommended to the State Government that the deer be declared a threat to biodiversity under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.

Shooters' organisations want the deer protected so their numbers are maintained for controlled hunting.

The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, says landholders should be able to kill deer grazing on their properties, and use the carcasses.

"I've copped a bit of criticism from the shooting fraternity, but if they think about this rationally their sport should not be impacting upon the biodiversity in the state forests and national parks and so their game species should not be impacting upon private landholders," he said.


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