Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A handsome problem

This young Rusa Deer buck is one of the animals we would rather not have in the district. A descendant of a herd that were let out or escaped from a deer farm and found the area to their liking and ideal breeding.The herd multiplied rapidly and cause significant damage to the native vegetation as well as posing a major problem on the roads. Without any predator to make any impact on the numbers a shooting program has been implemented to try and eliminate them but so far they have only been reduced. It is unfortunate that such a handsome animal has to be killed, but as with so many of the feral animals that plague our country they are a huge environmental problem.

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