Deer numbers highlight issue

Myrtleford number 2 in state deer harvest.

THE ever increasing deer problem in the Alpine Shire has again come to the fore with statistics revealing Myrtleford harvested the second most deer in Victoria last year.

In 2015 Myrtleford trailed only Mansfield in the total number of deer killed by licensed hunters jumping from fifth the year before.

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia say an increasing deer population in Mt Buffalo National Park has contributed to the high harvest numbers at Myrtleford in recent years.

The SSAA say Mt Buffalo National Park has become a breeding ground for deer that regularly venture outside of the park.

In 2015 the top five towns for deer harvest were Mansfield, Myrtleford, Dargo, Bairnsdale and Licola.

A year earlier the list read Mansfield, Bairnsdale, Dargo, Benalla and Myrtleford.

According to Game Management Authority’s recently released ‘Estimates of harvest for deer in Victoria’, the number of deer harvested by licensed hunters increased by nearly 10,000 in 2015.

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