Deer Management Call Supported

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December 8th 2009 


VICTORIAN LANDS ALLIANCE

Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Ingram Call For Deer Management Supported


Gippsland East MP Craig Ingram has called on the government to amend National Parks

legislation currently before the parliament to allow for more parks to be opened to licensed deer

hunting, to manage increasing numbers of deer.


Mr Ingram states in his letter to government that seasonal, licensed deer hunting is the only tool

currently available to manage deer on public land and this should be expanded to lessen impacts

of deer on the environment.


“The Victorian Lands Alliance supports Mr Ingram’s call for deer management in existing and new

national parks to preserve the conservation values of parks for all Victorians” said the secretary of

the Alliance, Max Rheese.


“We note that sambar deer, whilst classed as protected wildlife, have been declared a Potentially

Threatening Process under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act,

so it is the duty of the land

manager to bring about a means of management that is currently lacking in these areas.”


“The amendments called for by Mr Ingram would allow deer hunting under the same conditions

that already occur in six other national parks in Victoria since 1984” said Mr Rheese.


Public land management guidelines dictate that animal populations must be managed and this

currently does not occur in the Snowy River National Park and some other parks.  The proposed

amendment would provide a win-win situation for the government as it could be seen to be aiding

the requirements of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act without any cost to land managers.


Deer hunting is highly regulated and controlled and is the safest outdoor adventure activity in

Victoria according to figures from the National Coroners Information database.


Recreational users have reported higher numbers of deer in parks that are not open to hunting

supporting Mr Ingram’s claims of a need for deer management in national parks.





ENDS – 




The Victorian Lands Alliance is a coalition of member based recreational and commercial users

of public land representing over 40,000 Victorians.  The primary objective of the Alliance is to

initiate public policy which is consistent with the ideals of its member organisations to improve the

management of public land. 


This policy will ensure active management and sustainable multiple-use of public land that

balances the needs of the environment and community.








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