"Clearly Minister Barnett has been prodded into action by the release of the Invasive Species Council and Bob Brown Foundation report, Feral Deer Control: A Strategy for Tasmania, but his action is entirely in the wrong direction," Christine Milne of Bob Brown Foundation said in response to Minister Barnett’s pledging $50,000 to a socio-economic study of hunting.
"Feral deer are causing upward of $100million damage a year to Tasmanian farmers and land managers and they need recreational shooters and pest controllers to take action to significantly reduce the numbers. They do not need the Government to justify on going partial protected status of feral deer to keep the numbers increasing.
The very landholders to whom the Minister refers, are the ones saying that the current management of browsing animals is failing. The Legislative Council and the Federal Senate agree that feral deer are out of control and radical action needs to be taken now.
Deer hunters, recreational shooters, and conservationists agree that deer should be eradicated from the TWWHA and areas where there are satellite populations like Bruny Island. Recreational shooters are all for ending the partial protected status of feral deer. Only Minister Barnett and the trophy hunters are out of step with 21st century thinking on biosecurity," said Christine Milne.