Yarraman residents can learn more about deer management

YARRAMAN residents can learn more about deer pest control measures at an information session on Wednesday morning.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries biosecurity officer Stephen Downey said that all landholders in the Yarraman area were encouraged to come along to the session at the Upper Yarraman Hall.  

"There will be guest speakers, Matt Amos and John Higgins, from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Mark Kimber and Anthony Cathcart from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council," Mr Downey said.  

"Matt Amos will speak about his recent field work on deer ecology as well as other pest animal control research. John Higgins will discuss parasites on deer and their potential movement to domestic animals.  

"Mark Kimber and Anthony Cathcart will talk about feral deer control work and their observations around pest management generally.  

"Deer numbers have steadily increased in the Yarraman area and it is important that the community is kept informed on the best way to manage these pests.   

"Studies show that pest animal control has more success when a coordinated approach involving all landholders is adopted across a number of properties.  

"This information session will give landholders the chance to get together and talk about their pest animal issues, and perhaps organise a working group in their area."

 The session will start at 9.30am.   For more information about feral deer management in Queensland, visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.