Management of new deer populations in Northland and Taranaki

Over the last decade, many new populations of deer, mainly red deer (Cervus elaphus scoticus), but also wapiti (C. unicolour unicolour) deer, have established in the wild in the previously deer-free areas of Northland and Taranaki in New Zealand. Deer regularly escape from farms, but in about 85% of cases the animals are quickly recaptured. No new populations established via escapes in the areas where deer farming is banned in either region. The Department of Conservation (DOC) has been largely successful in eradicating those populations that were not recaptured by the farmers. Illegal liberations of deer pose a more serious problem, and two sika herds have established in eastern Northland in an area where deer farming is banned. Deer farmers were surveyed on the status of their farming enterprises and on the number, size, and causes of any escapes, and on their views on the potential threats to conservation and bovine Tb issues that new deer populations pose.

Author Fraser, K. W., Parkes, J. P. and Thomson, C.
Date null
Year 2003
Secondary title Science for Conservation
Volume 212
Publisher Department of Conservation
Pages 30
Notes Notes
ISBN/ISSN 1173-2946 / 0-478-22346-3
Control method Shooting
Region NZ