Landscape Board Calls On Landowners To Join Wild Deer Program | Herald of Naracoorte

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Appeal: Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA National Deer Management Coordinator, Dr Annelise Wiebkin speaks with landowners at a recent event to promote wild deer eradication. Image: Supplied

The Limestone Coast Landscape Board is calling on landowners to join their wild deer eradication program.

The board has taken a strong stance on reported pests, including through control programs and compliance operations on farmed deer, but says more needs to be done.

They worked with landowners to achieve a property wide eradication and recently hosted a dinner to thank those involved and call for more to join the cause.

LC Landscape Board chief executive Steve Bourne said the council is working to make sure the community is aware of the “devastation that wild deer have wrought on our landscape, especially to the agricultural industry and the community. biodiversity of the region “.

“Wild deer dramatically reduce the productivity of farms as they compete with livestock for pasture, damage infrastructure such as fences and can spread disease,” Bourne said.

“As few as nine red deer on a property equals 387 rabbits and reduces the grazing capacity of that property by over 30 sheep.

“Not only do wild deer have an impact on agricultural performance and the environment, but they also attract illegal hunting and create public safety risks on our roads.”

I am fighting to see this funding program strengthened on the limestone coast so that we can overcome this harmful problem

Barker member Tony Pasin

The dinner was held in Kingston on November 19. Aidan Laslett, project officer for the LC Landscape Board Feral Deer Project, and Annelise Wiebkin, national deer management coordinator for the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA, both addressed the crowd.

They described the testing of new thermal-assisted air traffic control (TAAC) technology to help control wild deer.

Mr Laslett congratulated the participating landowners for their involvement: “By working together we are achieving intensive control of wild deer on the largest scale possible, resulting in significant strides towards eradicating and protecting our region from. the impacts of wild deer ”.

He said more landowners should participate in council programs.

Barker MP Tony Pasin said the presence of wild deer was a “growing problem” across the country and the numbers had reached a “tipping point” in South Africa.

He said aerial culling was the most effective way to remove large numbers of deer.

“Since the aerial slaughter programs started on the limestone coast in 2009, more than 12,000 deer have been removed,” said Pasin.

“We need to increase these reduction efforts to see the numbers adequately reduced. I am fighting to see this funding program strengthened on the Limestone Coast so that we can get this harmful problem under control.”

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