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Deer Control program

Parks Victoria trialling aerial deer shooting program

As part of its suite of conservation management programs, Parks Victoria will be trialling aerial shooting of deer in the Mount Buffalo National Park for the first time in Victoria during October 2018.

Parks Victoria regularly undertakes dedicated conservation programs designed to contribute to habitat restoration across all its parks. These programs include activities such as monitoring grazer and plant populations, revegetation, spraying, controlled burning, and animal control programs. They are crucial to restoring habitat and improving overall landscape health.

As part of this overall approach, Parks Victoria is currently undertaking a 3-year program to trial different deer control techniques in the Mount Buffalo National Park. The program will investigate the most efficient and cost-effective methods of managing deer impacts on the alpine landscape.

The trial will occur over a 3-4 day period on weekdays between 8 October and 26 October 2018, avoiding key visitation periods. The exact dates are weather dependent.

The program will be targeting Sambar, Red and Fallow deer in the following locations:

  • Mount Buffalo National Park – west of the Mount Buffalo Road (away from the main visitor areas)

These areas will be closed to visitors for the 3-4 days that shooting occurs to ensure the safe implementation of the deer aerial shooting operations.

Parks Victoria will use highly skilled professionals to undertake these operations, which are thoroughly planned and carried out under strict conditions adhering to the Firearms Act. Additionally, the operation will ensure safe, effective and humane practices at all times by obeying the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Parks Victoria advises that no other pest animal species will be targeted as part of this aerial control program.

Download a copy of the control map