Red deer can be found along the Brisbane River Valley and in adjacent areas
(Photo: Peter Tremain, supplied by Centre for Invasive Species Solutions)

June 3, 2022

Queenslanders are being encouraged to have their say on a new strategy for dealing with the impacts of feral deer.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said feral deer numbers were growing and posing an increasing threat to biodiversity, agriculture and public safety.

“Under the new strategy, we aim to make feral deer management more effective through partnerships and planning,” Mr Furner said.

“Because they’re so mobile, deer graze across large areas. Control efforts are most effective when conducted co-operatively with other land managers and local groups.

“It’s also very important to prevent any releases or escapes by domesticated deer or relocation of feral deer.

“The draft strategy sets out the goals and objectives for stakeholders to help them better understand their responsibilities.

“It also provides guidance for local government biosecurity planning and encourages a co-ordinated approach to managing feral deer.

“We know that different stakeholders have different viewpoints, so we’re seeking as much feedback as possible through public consultation to further refine the strategy.”

Residents can have their say at or

Consultation is open until June 30.

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Feral deer are restricted invasive animals under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

They were introduced into Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from Europe and Asia.

Four species – fallow, red, chital and rusa – are established in Queensland.

Red deer are found in the Brisbane River Valley and surrounding areas.

They can pose a risk for motorists but also compete with livestock for pasture, damage crops and protected areas, cause erosion and spread weeds.

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2 Responses to "Have Your Say On Deer"

  1. I agree, unless their number really grows to damaging proportions. There would probably be quite a few hunting enthusiasts who would be happy to cull a few, with proper permits for the number of animals they are allowed to kill. The deer should not be left out there to rot – venison is a good meat and very popular in Europe during the winter months. Young, adventurous chefs would certainly be interested in adding such specialities to their menus. It may take some time to set up the supply chain but everything good and sustainable takes time.

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