The Port Macquarie-Hastings community has provided an overwhelming response to the recent survey conducted by North Coast Local Land Services into wild deer experiences.The Port Macquarie-Hastings community has provided an overwhelming response to the recent survey conducted by North Coast Local Land Services into wild deer experiences, LLS says.
The Hastings Wild Deer Working Group will now use the community input to help guide the development of the Hastings Wild Deer Management Strategy.
The community survey was conducted in Port Macquarie during September to gather information on where wild deer were spotted and what impacts were being experienced.
There were 194 surveys completed, with 349 locations identified where wild deer had been sighted.
Numerous suburbs and localities were identified as locations where the community was concerned about wild deer impacts. These included The Point Drive, Lincoln Road, Koala Street, Thrumster, Lake Innes Drive, Lake Cathie, Bonny View Drive and the Pacific Highway “doughnut”.
The Land Services officer for North Coast Local Land Services who is analysing the data, Josh Bean, said, “We’ve gained some really useful insights into wild deer in the region including the community sighting wild deer on a daily or weekly basis and usually at night.
“From the data, we have also identified that a local wild deer herd consists of two to five individuals, with some larger herds of five to 10 wild deer.”
Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services and Chair of the Hastings Wild Deer Working Group Jo McGoldrick said, “As we anticipated, the main impacts from wild deer are the significant damage to gardens and the traffic hazard to road users.
“There are a range of reasons why collectively we need to address the growing wild deer population, including reports of wild deer being aggressive to people and pets in the area and the threat that wild deer pose to local koala populations.”
Based on this survey, an estimated cost of the damage that wild deer are having on the local community is at least $120,000 a year.
This survey data will now be used in the development of a Wild Deer Management Strategy with the objective to protect key assets, such as controlling wild deer in proximity to roads and around the highly impacted suburbs.
Detailed survey results and an opportunity to continue the conversation on the wild deer issue are available at http://open.northcoast. lls.nsw.gov419论坛/.
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