Environmental issues

Pests and weeds

Feral goats and deer in Kangaroo Valley - research, planning and control program 2006-2009

Growing feral deer and goat populations will be targeted in a three-year research and control program that began in Kangaroo Valley in October 2006.

The culling is part of a wider program in cooperation with the Upper Kangaroo River Landcare group that will also involve private property.

Feral deer are being controlled in national parks where they border private property and will be monitored across the landscape.

The NSW Scientific Committee has listed grazing by both feral deer and feral goats as a key threatening process.

The program will include research into the impact of feral deer and goats on rare plants in the area. Research sites are being set up to better understand the impact of browsing by feral herbivores on endangered communities such as sub-tropical rainforest.

Extensive work has gone into development of a control plan to ensure it is as effective, humane and safe as possible.

Under the plan, the number of feral goats and feral deer will be reduced by a ground-shooting program on national parks in the area. Shooters have been trained to nationally accredited standards and the program is supported by the Moss Vale Rural Lands Protection Board.

The proposed shooting program will follow animal welfare and safety protocols that have been modelled on those adopted by the Royal National Park Deer Working Group. Key interest groups including the RSPCA have been consulted about the plan.

Page last updated: 26 February 2011