In the “Secretary Island Restoration Project”
Deer cause significant damage to our native forest biodiversity. They inhibit the regeneration of many plant species causing irreversible changes to the forest composition.
Recent experience with controlling deer to low numbers in the Murchison Mountains Special (Takahē) Area, and eradicating deer from Anchor Island in Dusky Sound will be used to design a control operation, aimed at reducing deer numbers to extremely low levels and possibly eliminating the resident population. These methods may include ground and aerial hunting, deer pens, deer nets and foliage baiting.