Monitoring the spread of deer is an essential aspect to management. Reporting of deer sightings and evidence of damage to Deer Scan, a component of Feral Scan, is key to developing an understanding of population dynamics, where to best implement control measures, and to notify local councils of oncoming issues.
DeerScan is a free resource to record your sightings. It is accessible by through Play Store, App Store, or on desktop.
The public can only view your recorded sightings at very low resolution. All data is confidential and is only accessible to members of a registered deer control group. Recording your sightings helps build a picture of national deer distribution and spread, which helps inform management of feral deer.
“Monitoring is important for whatever program we do, basically its our key indicator of success. If we don’t have some form of baseline data, its very hard for us to justify how we’ve improved.”
“Deer Scan is a free phone app that can be used by anyone across Australia to record information about deer in their local area. It can be used to record information about sightings, evidence of deer or the impacts of deer. That information can be used to guide local management.”
Peter West – Feral Scan Coordinator, NSW Department of Primary Industries