Deer numbers to ‘crash’ because of drought

This deer, shot near Briagolong, has little fat and its ribs are clearly visible.

This deer, shot near Briagolong, has little fat and its ribs are clearly visible.

GIPPSLAND hunters are experiencing a knock-on affect of the drought as starving deer compete for dwindling food sources, and hunting bodies predict a population “crash”.

The Australian Deer Association says the dire situation is the beginning of a drastic drop in deer numbers throughout the state.

Shooters are reporting that deer around the Wellington Shire are increasingly foraging in townships and on roadsides, but are in extremely poor condition and too thin to salvage meat from.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.

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