The Rusa Deer (Cervus timorensis russa) is an introduced pest animal that causes extensive harm to our bushland and natural environment as well as parks, reserves and gardens. Rusa deer have established populations around the Sutherland Shire, predominantly in areas bordering the Royal National Park and southern suburbs.

Deer Control Program

In order to reduce the negative effects deer have on the environment and residential areas, Sutherland Shire Council employ an extensive deer control program.

Our deer control program includes:

  • Surveys and studies of deer population and breeding viability.
  • Production of educational material, workshops and media briefings.
  • Trapping, habitat modification and shooting control operations in appropriate circumstances.
  • Fencing of sensitive environmental areas.
  • Radio tracking and infrared cameras to monitor the movement of deer and to identify any possible dispersion into new areas.
  • Assist with deer research programs.

Due to the Sutherland Shire being a highly urban area with limited suitable sites to safely and legally conduct deer control programs, our available options are limited. Although pest animal management is extremely difficult in urban areas, Sutherland Shire Council currently employ all available methods of deer control in all available areas within the Sutherland Shire and have no further options for deer control at this time.

What Residents Can Do

  • Where appropriate, fence property to discourage deer accessing your property.Electric fences are not permissible
  • Report deer sightings and issues to Deer Scan to assist with valuable nationwide data collection
  • Put latches or locks on garbage bins
  • Plant native vegetation
  • Drive carefully, particularly at night
  • Do not feed deer
  • Stay clear of deers as they can be dangerous, particularly around breeding season (March to August).

 Reporting Deer

Sutherland Shire Council are aware of deer occurring in all areas of the Sutherland Shire and do not require deer sightings or issues to be reported to assist with the deer control program. All deer sightings and issues should instead be reported on Deer Scan, a pest animal mapping tool that is used to collate data on pest animals across Australia. By reporting to Feral Scan you are greatly assisting government agencies gather valuable data to identify key areas in need of deer control and funding.

For more information on Feral Scan visit: 


You can report the following to Council:

  • Dead dear, we will arrange to pick up and dispose of a carcass if it is located on a local road, private property or council managed land. Any illegal hunting of deer should be reported to police.  
  • Injured deer, Report to council. Injured deer are dangerous so stay clear of the animal. We will attend the injured animal promptly to assess the situation and take appropriate action and if necessary have the animal humanely destroyed.

Recent observations and data strongly suggests that deer population has been decreasing around the Shire and their risk reduced, however ongoing vigilance is required.


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More information

Policies and documents

Pest Animal Species and Wildlife Protection Policy


Enquiries can be directed to Invasive Species Officer on 9710 0333 or

Injured or dead Deer only

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