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Community input sought on Wild Deer

Wild deer in gardenThe newly formed Hastings Wild Deer Working Group, chaired by North Coast Local Land Services, is encouraging all local residents who have had any contact with wild deer to complete a short survey to provide the group with important information which will assist them in the preparation of a wild deer management strategy for the region.

Jo McGoldrick, Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services, North Coast Local Land Services said, "We are seeking the community's input to ensure the information we develop into the strategic management plan is accurate and relevant."

"We need to know what people are experiencing in relation to wild deer in the Hastings; where deer are observed, how many deer are seen and what, if any, impacts these deer may have on their surroundings, pets and people."

Port Macquarie Police have noted an increase in reports being received in relation to wild deer, particularly on Hastings River Drive, Ocean Drive and John Oxley Drive.   Inspector Fehon said, "Motorists should be aware that wild deer are grazing along the edges of roads and should be particularly careful when driving at dawn, dusk and during the hours or darkness."

Over the past thirty years, residents have reported damage to crops, plant nurseries, vineyards, golf courses, gardens and fences.

Jo continued, "We have existing statistics from previous wild deer management programs but many occurrences go unreported and the information that can be provided by residents needs to be captured."

If you have had any contact with wild deer in the Hastings region, you are invited to complete the survey. Community members and interested groups are invited to provide their comments and feedback via an online survey at the North Coast Open website or download the survey form  and return by mail to North Coast Local Land Services, PO Box 108, Kempsey 2440.  People can also pick up a survey form from Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

Media contact:
Jo McGoldrick, Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services
Phone 0407 121 265

Photo caption:
Wild deer have been known to cause damage to gardens and crops.