We have deer!
By Judy Evans
June 13, 2018 9:52pm CST
I have often mentioned that Australia has kangaroos whereas America has deer. However it seems that we have deer too and in sufficient numbers to warrant a warning sign being placed on some roads. I knew there were wild deer in parts of Australia but this sign is on the east coast of Tasmania. I wonder if we’ll be lucky enough to see one in the wild and also lucky enough to avoid running into it with the car. I did some research on deer in Australia and it seems they are considered the most important and emerging pest species in eastern Australia, with numbers increasing rapidly. The first deer were released in Australia for recreational hunting in the 1880s. Not only do they compete with domestic herds for feed and water, they are also destroying treed areas when rubbing the velvet from their antlers. They are also damaging wetlands and contributing to soil erosion. I wonder if their numbers will increase in Western Australia to the point where they become a pest. Here is a link to the article I read:
As wild deer numbers continue to flourish in parts of New South Wales, there are renewed calls to declare the animals a pest.
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• United States
In the United States much of our deer herds are controlled via hunting. They can still be pests per se, but there are actually a lot of people who feed them. They are quite ubiquitous in the States and are even often times in big cities.
• Bunbury, Australia
I think there are lot of people who shoot deer - those that like hunting, etc - and I'm sure a lot of them would pop the meat in the freezer. You can get venison in some restaurants and deer are farmed for meat but I think supply is outstripping demand at the moment.