Please submit an urgent email to your local MP calling for the removal of the protection status of feral deer as well as calling for an increase of funding to enable effective control.
Victoria has some of the rarest plants and animals in Australia. Home to the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum, as well as the platypus and the helmeted honeyeater, the unique plants and animals found in Victoria’s national parks help make up what makes Australia unique.
Unfortunately in Victoria, there are an estimated 1 million feral deer that are wreaking havoc across our national parks. With adult deer having no natural predators, their numbers continue to explode. And what makes matters worse, feral deer in Victoria have a protection status that can hinder park rangers from doing their jobs and controlling feral deer numbers.
Recreational deer hunting is not an effective control strategy and feral deer shouldn’t be treated as protected wildlife under Victorian law, which they currently are. This means feral deer receive the same protections as Victoria’s wallabies, wombats and koalas.
This is why urgent action is needed. Please submit an urgent email to your local MP calling for the removal of the protection status of feral deer as well as calling for an increase of funding to enable effective control.
With the damage caused by the expanding plague of feral deer, every day counts. We can still save our precious native plants and animals but we need to act now.