After a three-year inquiry, the Senate’s Environment and Communication Committee has called for deer to be classified as a pest throughout Australia. Bob Brown Foundation says the Gutwein government should heed the call and drop the absurd ‘partially protected’ status it gives to this rapidly spreading pest in Tasmania.
The Senate committee estimated the annual cost to agricultural businesses from the three feral species, goats, pigs and deer, "runs into hundreds of millions of dollars".
“This comes together with studies showing deer are spreading rapidly across Tasmania, including through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Tarkine, Freycinet and Bruny Island while this government is sitting on its hands. The cost to Tasmania of continued inaction will run into many millions of dollars annually for future deer control both of farmlands and national parks. Deer are a feral species which damage crops as well as native vegetation and compete with native wildlife for food resources,” Bob Brown said today.
“Deer are also increasingly the cause of traffic accidents. There is an urgent need for the premier to take action to save Tasmania from the increasing economic and environmental burdens of feral deer,” he said.