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Deer on the radar as surveillance takes to the air

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South East Local Land Services has announced that three aerial surveillance flights looking for wild deer will be taking place in mid-April over the Kiah and Towamba areas. A thermal drone will be used to conduct another survey in late April. Information gathered in the flights will help inform the development of the Far South Coast Deer Management Plan.

The flight paths will be the same as those flown in the first round of aerial surveillance carried out in December 2018 where 136 deer were spotted across 26 different locations.

“Deer are an emerging issue, we’ve identified them as a priority pest here on the Far South Coast” said South East Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer Andrew Michelin.

“Wild deer don’t belong in this environment, they compete for feed with livestock, they are a threat to local native environments and can pose a threat in emergency animal disease outbreaks.”

The surveillance work is helping to build a clear picture of the issue as part of the Far South Coast Deer Management Plan.

Camera trap - Deer in the Kiah area

“We are working with land managers on both private and public land to get a picture of the extent of the issue in our local area.

“As well as the aerial surveillance we are doing regular on ground surveillance and follow ups of reports from land managers

“Support from the community has been crucial as we are developing the plan, we’ve been getting regular reports of deer activity that have helped identify some hot spot areas to target.

“This is really important as the best result will come from a cooperative landscape scale approach.”

The next aerial surveillance flights will take place on the mornings of Friday 12, Wednesday 17 and Wednesday 24 April.

Anyone wanting to know more about the Plan or how to report wild deer activity or sightings can contact the Far South Coast biosecurity team at the Bega Local Land Services office on 6491 7800.

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Media contact: Dave Michael, South East Local Land Services, 0418 513 880