Dunkeld Deer Management Forum Newsletter September 2017
The last meeting of the Forum was well supported and for the first time we have comprehensive coverage of Deer management in the Dunkeld area. The data which we have gathered suggests increased effort is required to manage the local population of Fallow, Red and Roe deer. We also have good representation from other stakeholders in the community and many interesting topics were raised from Deer Vehicle Collisions to the interaction of deer, riparian woodland and beavers. The A9 between Ballinluig and Bankfoot is a hot spot for DVCs especially at dawn and dusk in the Autumn and in May. Please take care and be prepared for deer on the roads over the next few months. SNH has published advice to drivers on their website. Police Scotland would encourage the public to report any accidents, injured deer or carcases by the roadside on any roads.
Deer also congregate around towns and villages, they are a delight to watch and provide a tourist attraction. The forum would however like to advise the public not to feed wild deer. Deer are free from most livestock diseases but if they congregate around feeding points on a regular basis they are at a higher risk of disease. In this area deer do not lose much condition over the winter and our local habitat provides them with ample browsing and shelter so Rudolf might not benefit from being fed carrots! If anyone has any comments to make on this article or any issues regarding deer in the community you can contact the Forum through the Community council: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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