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GAME OVER FOR DEER IN MONARO
Exploding deer numbers across the Monaro will better controlled, following a regulation change announced today by the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the changes would come as a huge relief to farmers and landholders and will help to address the surging deer population in the region.
“Everyone in the Monaro electorate knows the deer population has exploded in recent years and become a significant problem, particularly with the ongoing drought,” Mr Barilaro said.
Deer currently occupy the unique ‘game species’ classification, meaning a special hunting licence is required to eradicate them. Under the changes anyone with a firearm licence will be able to eradicate deer on private land, so long as they have landholder’s permission.
“These feral animals cause significant damage to farming and also pose a significant risk for motorists,” Mr Barilaro said.
“With numbers soaring across our region, the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government are removing the deer’s semi-protected status to allow landholders to better manage these feral animals.”
Minister for Agriculture Marshall said removing game status would give landholders the upper hand in dealing with surging numbers of the four-legged menace.
“Removing game status will give landholders more flexibility to manage deer and will bring its classification into line with other feral animals such as wild dogs, foxes, rabbits and pigs,” Mr Marshall said.
Over the last 10 years the distribution of deer across the State has increased from approximately 8 to 17 per cent.
The changes will be made under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 and come into effect on 6 September 2019.