Community feral deer management (CFDM) is defined as “active engagement of the community in managing local feral deer impacts”. It can include activities such as reporting feral deer sightings, vegetation monitoring, public education days or removal and/or non-removal management such as erecting an exclusion fence. See right.
CFDM can significantly reduce the impacts of feral deer.
A community can consistently mange feral deer on private property, which is required to impact population numbers and to ensure results from large operations are maintained.
Communities can provide invaluable data on feral deer spread by reporting sightings and control effort
This page will provide case-studies of CFDM in Australia, guides on how to develop your own management plan for your community, and resources to support your program.
Organisations and community groups can use the below resources to support education and awareness raising activities.
The Sugarloaf Link Project is a three year project funded by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program. This program looked at the use of professional shooters to control feral deer numbers on private property.