An unintentional consequence of commercial farming of both Fallow and Red deer in Australia and South Australia has resulted in the feral deer being declared a pest animal under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.
Natural Resources Northern & Yorke research found that in 2007 in the Mid North of South Australia 46% of 274 landholders surveyed, reported feral deer on their property.
The impact of feral deer on the environment is wide reaching. From motor vehicle collisions to infrastructure and native vegetation damage due to antler rubbing through to damage to the breeding habitat of native animals and depletion of pasture and grasslands. Feral deer are also carriers of domestic livestock disease. Red deer can carry Johne’s disease (para tuberculosis) which is infectious to domestic animals such as sheep and cattle.
Natural Resources Northern & Yorke