Plan to cull wild deer near Melbourne

Andi Yu
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Wild deer ruining land and causing accidents in Melbourne's outer suburbs will be targeted as part of a Victorian government environment plan.

The Victorian Deer Control Strategy is a long-term plan starting with a $1 million investment to reduce the numbers of feral deer in the outer northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

The push to stamp out the non-native species follows studies showing feral deer are spreading to previously unoccupied parts of the state, damaging native plants, wildlife and water quality and impacting areas of Aboriginal cultural significance and farming.

The species is also the cause of traffic accidents and pose a risk to public safety, the government said on Friday.

The deer control strategy is part of a broader biodiversity plan for the state and allows for an expansion of sustainable hunting.

"Under this new strategy, recreational hunters will have more opportunities to help with control programs on public land, continue to hunt in more areas and be able to ethically source wild venison," Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes said.

The deer cull will be developed in partnership with local councils, Parks Victoria and traditional owners.