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The objectives of the draft policy are to:
- Reduce numbers of feral deer by removing at least 40 per cent of female feral deer from all subpopulations each year.
- Ensure boundary fences of deer farms meet appropriate construction and maintenance standards.
- Prevent the release of deer.
The main changes proposed are:
- Require landowners to remove at least 40 percent of female feral deer from all subpopulations each year.
- Prohibit movement, possession and sale of deer, except by permit.
- Permits for keeping deer will be issued by NRM boards (with assistance from PIRSA Biosecurity SA) to all deer farmers, free of charge with minimal reporting. This will exempt deer farmers from control provisions in the same way that permits for deer farmers are currently issued on Kangaroo Island.
- Farmed deer (over 10 months of age) must have ear tags.
- White-tailed deer have been included in the policy because there is a small number of feral white-tailed deer in the Northern Territory.
- Revised minimum fencing standards will be required for new deer farms.
- Audits of deer fences will be conducted every two years by regional DEWNR staff, and farmers will be required to keep fence maintenance logbooks.
Download the Declared Animal Policy - Feral Deer (DOC 285KB)