Feral deer are emerging as one of Victoria’s most serious pests. Their population has been allowed to grow to over a million animals that are spread across the state and causing damage across all areas of society.
A new independent report from Frontier Economics warns that not controlling the impacts of feral deer in Victoria could cost the community between $1.5 billion and $2.2 billion over the next 30 years.
The report, commissioned by the Invasive Species Council, also points out this figure only considers the economic costs of feral deer caused through lost agricultural and forestry production, vehicle accidents and reductions to the recreational values of national and state parks.
- Download the full report: Counting the doe: an analysis of the economic, social & environmental cost of feral deer in Victoria