Fact Sheet: Feral Deer; A protected species or a pest?

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Feral deer populations are rapidly growing and spreading across Victoria damaging the natural environment and causing havoc for farmers and motorists; how has it come to this?

Deer were introduced in the mid1800’s for game. For many decades the population remained relatively low but steadily growing and spreading. Later in the 20th century the population started to increase and spread rapidly; there are now over 1 million feral deer that occupy nearly 40% of Victoria.


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Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area is under increasing threat from growing numbers of feral deer.

The Tasmanian Government knows deer are invading this global treasure, and must act.​