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Deer not a ‘cute novelty’ warn farmers shooting thousands a year | Stock & Land



TED Crawley and his neighbours are shooting thousands of deer a year with little impact, as hundreds continue to descend onto their paddocks every night.

The Jindabyne, NSW, beef farmer is on a mission to change the perception of deer as a “cute game species” and warned others to root them out before they come entrenched.

Mr Crawley admits 15 years ago, when the deer were rarely seen, “it was a novelty”.

“The kids would all run out the front to see it,” he said.

But fast forward seven years, Mr Crowley and his half a dozen neighbours find themselves dealing with 300 to 500 deer on their property every night.

Vertebrate pests follow an exponential growth curve, so the population grows slowly until it hits a certain threshold, then it…

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