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Deer control - Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Ranges District

Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Parks Victoria’s conservation management to restore and protect park habitat includes the control of introduced plant and animal species. As part of an ongoing strategy, notice is hereby given that Parks Victoria will be conducting a controlled, safe and humane deer control operation targeting Fallow and Sambar Deer in three areas of public land within the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Ranges. 

The program, which will start in mid-April 2017, aims to remove deer from critical areas and reduce the numbers of deer in the Dandenong Ranges National Park and Yellingbo and Warramate Hills nature conservation reserves.

Spotlight shooting at night and stalking in the morning and late afternoon will be the main control techniques. Parks Victoria will be conducting the program in partnership with accredited and authorised volunteer members of the Australian Deer Association and the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia.

The affected areas within the parks and reserves will be closed during periods of control. Advertising signs will be displayed at all official entrance points to the Park and reserves when shooting is in progress. 

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