Tasmanians should not tolerate the destruction of our much loved places because Minister Guy Barnett wants antlers over the fireplace, Christine Milne said submitting Bob Brown Foundation's submission to the Tasmanian government's proposed wildlife regulations.
"The Tasmanian government must drop its colonial nostalgia and join the 21st Century by removing the 'partly protected' status of deer. This is the critical first step in dealing with feral deer as the pest they are. Their numbers must be drastically reduced by managing them in an invasive species, pest animal, biosecurity framework, not as a hunting resource," said Christine Milne AO, BBF Board member.
"Feral deer are pest animals and are already in the Walls of Jerusalem (TWWHA) and throughout the Central Plateau and have progressed into the Douglas Apsley and Freycinet National Parks. They now number over 100,000 animals and are coming to a place near you. Don’t be surprised when they turn up at Cradle Mountain. They are on Bruny Island, have been sighted in Knocklofty Reserve in Hobart, right next to the West Tamar Highway in Launceston, and are in plague proportions in the Legana area. It is only a matter of time before there is a major vehicle accident
Feral deer are not Bambi. They are not native to Australia and were introduced at the same time as gorse and rabbits to make colonists feel at home. They inhibit fire recovery, they trample cushion plants, they browse and ringbark trees, they destroy fences and crops and are costing Tasmanian farmers $80 million a year, " concluded Christine Milne.