Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin advocates for increased funding for further aerial culling of deer from the Limestone Coast South Australia.
The previous culling has removed 12000 deer already. However, the minister has the helicopter blinkers on and wants more air time on the deer.
The Border Watch reportedTony Pasin said “Deer pose a real risk to threatened plant species, particularly as young plants are trying to regrow after bushfire,”
“They also damage bushland through trampling, soil compaction and ring-barking vegetation.
“From a biosecurity aspect they spread plant diseases and would harbour and spread disease such as foot and mouth and rinderpest should they ever enter Australia.
“Deer also compete with stock for pasture and crops, damage fences and destroy vineyards.
“Since 2009 the most effective tool in removing large numbers deer has been the aerial control program.
“The program has seen over 12,000 feral deer removed from the Limestone Coast Landscape but it’s clear that more needs to be done.
“Reducing feral deer numbers across the Limestone Coast will have a positive impact to improve native habitat and support our primary producers,”
“We need more funding for the aerial abatement program and I’ll be working in Canberra to deliver that outcome for our local community,” said Mr Pasin.
Over the world, this would be looked at as a valuable resource that could generate licence fees, public land opportunities and regional spending. However, it’s rare in Australia if this is ever taken into consideration. Instead, millions of dollars get thrown at control measures that do not include hunting.