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Wilsons Prom to close for annual deer control program

Tuesday 18 July, 2017

Wilsons Promontory National Park will be closed from Monday 21 August until the morning of Friday 25 August 2017 to undertake the annual deer control program.

Parks Victoria, in partnership with the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, the Australian Deer Association and the Game Management Authority, will be building on the success of the previous trial programs in 2015 and 2016, in which 90 deer have been removed from the park.

Parks Victoria will be expanding the trial deer control program to the whole of Wilsons Promontory National Park including popular visitor precincts around Tidal River, Darby River and Oberon Bay.

Remote camera monitoring has also identified Sambar Deer for the first time in Wilsons Promontory National Park. Sambar Deer are the largest of the deer species and all species cause significant environmental damage through grazing, trampling and forming wallows in drainage lines. Both Sambar Deer and the smaller Hog Deer will be targeted as part of this control program.

Even though the iconic Prom will be closed for a few days, visitors are encouraged to explore further afield including the spectacular coastal scenery around Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, the Bunurong Coastal Drive, State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi, as well as enjoy the amazing food and wine venues across South Gippsland.  Visit

For more information on the Prom Closure, call 13 1963 or visit

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger-Wilsons Promontory, Mr Brett Mitchell:

“Recreational hunting is not permitted at Wilsons Promontory National Park. The only way to reduce the number of Hog Deer and Sambar Deer is through strictly controlled programs.”

“Visitor safety is paramount to Parks Victoria which is why we are closing the park for the four days while we conduct the deer control. The park will be reopened to visitors on the Friday morning in time for the weekend.”

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Melanie Mcvey-Di Lazzaro

Parks Victoria media centre