Counting the Cost #2
Updated: Feb 10
Every Tasmanian farmer we have talked to tells the same story. Without natural predators, fallow deer is a prolific breeder. In Australia, there are no natural predators. Wild deer populations across south-eastern Australia have escalated. unless things change, there will be more than 1 million wild deer in Tasmania by 2050. Victoria has introduced open commercial culling. NSW has announced a $9 Million deer control program. Tasmania has the opportunity to take the reasonable middle road with a viable commercial trial that works within the existing regulated system. Traditional recreation hunting rights need to be protected. But farmers need more control over their own crops and livelihood. Please tell the Minister you support commercial use of deer culled under the existing crop protection system.