Tuesday, March 11, 2008

AUSTRALIA NEWS: Population Explosion of Exotic Deer In Snowy Mountains

The National Parks and Wildlife Service says there has been an "explosion" of feral deer numbers in the Snowy Mountains.

Snowy Mountains region area manager, Pam O'Brien, says many of the deer have come over the border from Victoria or been released from farms.

She says the deer can devastate native flora and the parks and wildlife service has set up cameras to monitor them as it works out how to address the problem.

"There's always been deer around in very small numbers and in very small groups, but at the moment we're seeing them throughout the park in all of the different vegetation communities," she said.

"They're even moving higher up in elevation and up above the tree line."

She says remote cameras have been set up in the national park to monitor deer numbers.

"The deer will often be in the timbered areas, but then they'll come out onto private property to graze at night," she said.

"So one of the areas that we're looking for in the near future is working with the Rural Land Protection Board and neighbouring land owners that are having a problem with deer."

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/11/2185909.htm

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