Victoria's feral deer population is expanding rapidly and invading new areas.

The Victorian Deer Control Community Network (VDCCN) provides a state-wide forum to share information, experiences and collectively seek solutions to substantially reduce the impact and distribution of feral deer in Victoria.

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$1.5 to 2.1 billion

Estimated cost to the Victorian economy over the next 30 years

Victorian DeeR Control Community Network

Feral deer are emerging as one of Australia’s most serious environmental and agricultural threats. Victoria has possibly the largest deer population in Australia, estimated to be over a million animals. The feral deer population is expanding rapidly and invading new areas.

There are many organisations, institutions, businesses, groups and individuals in Victoria actively involved in feral deer control, research, campaigning or are directly impacted by feral deer. However, other than local networks, there is no statewide forum to share information, experiences and collectively seek solutions.

The Victorian Deer Control Community Network will provide a platform for statewide collaboration over matters related to feral deer.

We are now encouraging people and organisations to join and contribute to the network, the only prerequisite is being interested in reducing the impact of feral deer. To become a member please download and read our Terms of Reference before filling in the application form.

The Invasive Species Council helped form the network and is providing executive officer support as well as website resources for the new community-driven initiative.

Distribution of feral deer in Victoria. Click to enlarge. Map provided by the Arthur Rylah Institute

Deer control information and resources

The VDCCN website contains a resource section that includes:

The resource categories include:

Deer distribution timeline by species- 1922 – 2021.

We know deer were released in Victoria in the 1860’s and small confined populations persisted for decades. This map is based only on formal records of sightings documented since the 1920’s.

Hover over video and click fullscreen to enlarge.

Video provided by Alpine Environmental Science  based on data from the the Arthur Rylah Institute

To assist landowners in managing deer on their land, the Victorian Deer Control Community Network (VDCCN) has developed this kit as a guide to provide the community with more information about feral deer and control options for a range of property types.

Feral Deer Control Kit for Victoria

The high economic, environmental and social impacts of feral deer in Victoria

Peter Jacobs, the Invasive Species Council Deer Project Officer (Victoria), discusses the high economic , environmental and social impacts that Feral Deer are having in Victoria.

The high economic, environmental and social impacts of feral deer in Victoria
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The Victorian Deer Control Community Network (VDCCN) provides a state-wide forum to share information, experiences and collectively seek solutions to substantially reduce the impact and distribution of feral deer in Victoria.

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Feral Deer Control Kit for Victoria Launched

Feral deer are becoming an increasing problem on private land impacting agricultural production, gardens and native biodiversity and increasingly a road safety risk.

To assist landowners to manage deer on their land, the Victorian Deer Control Community Network (VDCCN) has developed this kit as a guide to provide the community with more information about feral deer and control options for a range of property types.

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Peri Urban Deer Control Plan

DELWP has now released the Peri-urban Deer Control Plan 2021–26 to reduce the impact of deer across the peri-urban region east and north of Melbourne. The partnership group that helped prepare the plan contained a few VDCCN members. The Plan is constructed like a decision support tool to guide investment into on-ground action based on the greatest net benefit across multiple values and land tenure.

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Alps Deer Control Trials

Alpine peatlands are a nationally threatened ecological community (as listed in the EPBC Act). As you can see from the photo below of a sambar deer wallowing in an alpine peatland, feral deer are a serious threat to these sensitive areas (along with feral horses). Imagine the time it will take for this sensitive area to recover from this devastation even if deer were removed now.

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Survey of Landowners in North East Victoria

The Invasive Species Council is surveying people across Victoria to determine their views on the impact of feral deer, targeting landowners in particular. The survey ran recently for North East Victoria and will shortly expand to take in the whole of Victoria. The results will be used to better understand community attitudes about, and the impacts of, feral deer.

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Deer Free Sanctuary for The Prom?

Wilson’s Promontory National Park is a remarkable place; its scenery and biodiversity values are outstanding, however the park is not immune from invasive feral animals such as deer, rabbits, foxes and feral cats. In fact over years “The Prom” has supported large population of around 2000 hog deer.

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