Thursday, February 19, 2009

IRELAND NEWS: Deer Culling Plans Under Development

Landowners and animal preservation societies are planning to cull the number of wild deer, which is said to have increased dramatically in the past few years.

A deer management programme has been devised both to conserve the number of deer and to advise farmers.

The Irish Farmers' Association, the Irish Deer Society and the Wild Deer Association of Ireland are participating in the plan.

IFA Deputy President Derek Deane said the rise in deer numbers has posed problems for farmers, including fence damage, encroaching on crops, grazing of pastureland and increasing the risk of disease outbreaks.

Chairman of the Irish Deer Society Paul Wood said while they want to conserve wild deer, there is a need for effective management of deer numbers, which can increase annually by 30%.

President of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland Pat Scully said hunters often concentrate on culling male deer because they want a set of trophy antlers.

However, he said this does very little to control deer numbers as female numbers escalate.


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