Motorists were cautioned to look out for a wild deer roaming our streets.
Motorists were cautioned to look out for a wild deer roaming our streets.

Deer in the headlights on Rocky roads

A FERAL deer spotted on Rockhampton road sparked debate among the public how best to deal with the animal.

A Department of Agriculture and Fisheries spokesperson said wild deer were established in many parts of Queensland including Rockhampton, and their management was often shared between DAF, the local government and land holders when relevant.

Though they did not comment on the sighting on Lakes Creek Rd, they said a trap is currently being repaired and will be ready for reuse next year.

"In 2013, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) hosted a Feral Deer workshop in Central Queensland for local governments and major land managers in the region,” a DAF spokesperson said.

"The workshop involved Queensland and interstate experts to discuss the approaches that are being used to manage populations in those areas that could be used in the region.

"At the Central Queensland workshop the regional deer working group suggested they develop regional plans and share resources to get the results from existing resources. 

"A joint trapping effort between the local councils, the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing, and Teys meatworks was in place in 2014 in areas that feral deer traversed.”

The majority of feral deer are restrictive invasive animals under the Biosecurity Act 2014 (The Act), however deer contained within a deer-proof fence such as on farms or game parks are not considered "restricted invasive pests”.

Farmed deer that escape captivity revert to a wild state.

The Queensland Government state "deer can damage native and cultivated vegetation and pose a hazrd to vehicles and humans”.

The Act requires everyone to take reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks in regards to feral deer. For more visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or contact council.



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