Thursday, February 29, 2024

Burdekin begins feral deer survey

Burdekin Shire Council will conduct an aerial survey of feral deer populations over the next two days as part of its Feral Deer Control Program.

The survey, to be carried out by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, will cover the areas of Woodstock, Giru and Rita Island and aims to establish a baseline population of feral deer in the region.

This will then assist to inform Council’s management strategies and actions, says Burdekin Shire Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Terry Brennan.

Mr Brennan said the survey was an important step in addressing the environmental and economic impacts of feral deer.

“Feral deer are a serious pest that damage crops, degrade habitats and pose a risk to road safety,” he said.

“Council is committed to reducing the numbers of feral deer and protecting the natural resources and agricultural industries.

“The aerial survey will provide accurate and reliable data on the distribution and abundance of feral deer, which will help to plan and implement effective control measures.”

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