Cars keep crashing into deer on roads in Victoria because people are stealing the wildlife signs for “man caves”.
Orbost tow operator and mechanic Aaron Hambling told News Corp signs around East Gippsland keep “getting flogged” and collisions with deer had gone up “100 per cent”.
Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull told Melbourne radio station 3AW there had been an “explosion” in the deer population.
“I think the bottom line is they’re very popular in man caves, these signs because of the deer logos,” Mr Bull said.
“I think it’s as simple as that but we’re a high tourist area down here in East Gippsland and have a lot of motorists coming through who aren’t regular road users in this region so we need these signs up and we need to warn people that it is an increasing problem.”
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Mr Bull said most deer could be encountered around the area late in the evening and he’d had “some near misses himself”.
“We need to get these signs up and the point I made when raising this in parliament last week was perhaps we need a more generic wildlife warning sign that won’t be so popular for people’s sheds,” he said.
Shooters groups do regular deer culls to keep them out of environmentally sensitive areas but Mr Bull says they are only getting the tip of the iceberg.
"We need to warn people, particularly with the tourist season coming up," he said.