Parks Victoria continuing Alpine conservation efforts

Monday 15 April, 2019

As part of its suite of conservation management programs, Parks Victoria will enter the next phase of its aerial deer shooting trial in the Alpine National Park in May 2019, following the successful first stage in October last year.

Parks Victoria is currently implementing a 3-year program to trial different deer control techniques in the Alpine National Park. The program is investigating the most efficient, cost-effective and humane methods of managing deer impacts on the alpine landscape. The results of the trial will be used to guide the development of an ongoing, sustainable, landscape deer control plan for the alps.

The next phase of the aerial deer trial will occur over a 4-day period (on weekdays) between the 6th and 17th May. The exact dates will depend on the weather.

The program will be targeting Sambar, Red and Fallow deer in the following locations:

  • Alpine National Park – Bogong High Plains*
  • Alpine National Park – Mt Feathertop area*
  • Alpine National Park – Mt Bogong*

*These areas will be closed to visitors for the 4-day aerial operation. However, the Bogong High Plains Road, Great Alpine Road, Wallaces Hut and Mountain Creek Camping Area will remain open for visitors.

Parks Victoria runs dedicated conservation programs across all its parks, designed to protect wildlife and restore habitats. These programs include activities such as monitoring grazer and plant populations, revegetation, weed spraying, controlled burning, and animal control programs. They are crucial to restoring habitat and improving overall landscape health.

Parks Victoria advises that no other animal species will be targeted as part of this aerial control program.

Quotes, attributed to Parks Victoria Chief Conservation Scientist, Dr Mark Norman:

“Parks Victoria has an obligation to protect and conserve the delicate environment of our alpine regions, which are as unique as the Great Barrier Reef and the Amazon Rainforest.”

“The initial aerial operation provided us with invaluable insights into deer movements across the Alpine National Park. We are hoping to further expand our knowledge to assist us in developing more critical data on viable control methods, as well as greater intelligence in tracking deer populations in remote areas of the park.”

“Deer are increasingly harming the special wildlife, plants and waterways of Victoria’s high country, as are feral horses and pigs. We have to be proactive in managing deer in the Alpine National Park and need to determine the best, most effective and humane ways of controlling them.”

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