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Government to extend helping hand to farmers facing ‘state’s worst emerging animal problem’

Natalie Peters & Erin Molan

The NSW government is reportedly considering legislation that would make it easier to cull wild deer.

The state’s deer population has exploded in recent years, with the animals now found in 17 per cent of the state as opposed to eight per cent in 2009.

They are increasingly causing havoc for farmers, drivers and native animals.

Under the current law, only people with a game hunting licence, as well as licenced farmers on their own property, are able to shoot deer.

The proposed legislation would relax these laws, allowing any licensed firearm holder to shoot the animals.

Andrew Cox from the Invasive Pest Council tells Natalie Peters and Erin Molan it would be a welcome solution as wild deer are increasingly moving into new areas.

“They’re probably the state’s worst emerging animal problem.

“These rules actually [give] deer the pest status which it deserves.

“We need all the obstacles removed for landowners who want to remove pests from their land.”

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MP Robert Borsak from the Shooters, Farmers and Fishers Party tells Merrick Watts they’re backing the plan.

“We totally support the government’s efforts in trying to help farmers control deer numbers. 

“There are 240,000 licenced shooters in NSW that would love the opportunity… to come on and help farmers to cull their deer.”

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Natalie Peters & Erin Molan
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