Mission to save Rockhampton's deer from Christmas cull
SANTA'S sleigh might need a tow this year, as he could be short a few "reindeer".
The lives of deer in the Lakes Creek Rd area are set to be cut short as they are expected to be culled this weekend.
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Rockhampton animal activist Lyn Laskus doesn't believe there is enough deer in the area for a cull and that Mother Nature is the best form of culling, "because nature decides who lives and dies".
Ms Laskus said it's a very insensitive time of year to start culling, with Christmas upon us next week.
"Me and my grandkids were driving on Emu Park Rd and a beautiful deer jumped over our vehicle and everyone's mouth dropped open and all I could say was "you're late, Santa's looking for you".
Ms Laskus has spoken with residents who were told that shooting would occur in the area over the weekend.
"They will have shooters on Vesty St, Mackay St and Rockonia Rd. Apparently the deer come down the open paddock, they'll lure them there and shoot them," Ms Laskus said.
She is adamant she will stop the cull on Friday night and is ready to head to the area.
"I'll come up here and if I'm not happy with what I see I might sit in the paddock," Ms Laskus said.
"I've been told its private property, so I'll be done for trespassing. If anyone wants to join me that's fine."
Rockhampton Regional Council Acting CEO Ross Cheesman said that in relation to deer as a declared pest, the council's responsibilities were to manage deer numbers on council land and to enforce state legislation on private property.
"In relation to the current activities to help manage feral rusa deer numbers within the region; our pest management unit is facilitating activities with a number of different stakeholders including private land holders and Biosecurity Queensland," Mr Cheesman said.
The Morning Bulletin is expecting to receive a response on the issue from Biosecurity Queensland today.