Belfast Telegraph

Ulster Academic in call for cull of muntjac deer

By Michelle Weir

The scourge of "tiny" Chinese deer now running wild across much of Ulster was highlighted in Belfast yesterday.

Professor Jaimie Dick of Queen's School of Biological Sciences described the muntjac deer, which have been spotted in Northern Ireland and in Co Donegal, as a "nuisance" and the cause of traffic accidents.

He said that the 14-15 kilo animal may be small, but it was a danger.

He has recorded 130 sightings in total.

And he claimed the non-native deer has been responsible for three fatalaties due to traffic accidents.

Demanding they be culled, he added that the creature can be devastating for forests and gardens, and was a danger to domestic pets.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs said: "We are currently working with a number of partners to consider aspects of muntjac deer management."

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