Feral Deer

Four species of deer are established in the wild in Queensland; descendants of deer farm escapees or deer deliberately released by acclimatisation societies or hunting groups. Of the four species, fallow deer (Dama dama) red deer (Cervus elaphus), and rusa deer (Cervus timorensis) are found in South East Queensland. There are estimated to be in excess of 400 feral deer living in the Brisbane area.

Feral deer in urban areas are responsible for:

  • The destruction of native vegetation through browsing and trampling
  • Directly competing with native fauna for food resources
  • Significantly impact on the water quality of creek systems through soil erosion
  • Damage residential gardens and fencing
  • Causing traffic hazards and collisions
  • Carrying parasites and diseases which may be transmitted to humans

Control methods employed by Pest Animal Management Queensland:

  • Field shooting
  • Cage type traps