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Deer monitoring project kicks off pest plan activities

An area north of Holbrook will be the site for the first pest animal monitoring project to take place under the new Murray Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.

The project will use strategically placed fixed cameras to capture data on pest animals in the area, with a particular focus on wild deer.

The information will then be used to determine population densities and guide requirements for follow-up control options.

Murray Local Land Services Regional Pest Animal Coordinator, John Nolan, said deer encroaching on farm land from the nearby hills had emerged as a significant problem in recent years.

“Ongoing monitoring over several years will give us excellent data on changes in population density and the abundance of deer in the area,” he said.

“Follow-up control options based on the findings will then be discussed with land managers.”

The project, which is being jointly managed by Murray Local Land Services, the Holbrook Landcare Network and private land owners, will kick off in February 2019.

The Murray pest plan was launched earlier this year as one of 11 throughout NSW.

It was developed in consultation with a regional pest animal committee and the community, and is designed to take a strategic approach to the management of pest animals across the region.

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