Deer, specifically rusa deer (Cervus timorensis russa) are an introduced pest that causes extensive harm to our natural environment as well as parks, reserves and gardens. There are established populations around Sutherland Shire.

Rusa deer
Rusa deer

Deer control program

Council has an extensive deer control program to reduce their negative effects on the environment and residential areas.

Our deer control program includes:

  • educational material for residents
  • trapping, habitat modification and firearm operations in appropriate circumstances
  • fencing of sensitive environmental areas.

Sutherland Shire is an urban area with limited suitable sites to safely and legally conduct deer control programs. Our options are therefore limited. While urban pest animal management is difficult, we employ whatever methods we can in all suitable areas.

What can residents do?

  • Where appropriate, fence your property.
  • Put latches or locks on garbage bins.
  • Drive carefully, particularly at night.
  • Do not feed deer.
  • Stay clear of deer as they can be dangerous, particularly around their breeding season between March and  August.

You can report dead or injured deer to Council

We do not require deer sightings to be reported to us.

  • Dead deer - we will collect and dispose of a carcass if it is on a local road, private property or Council-managed land. Any illegal hunting of deer should be reported to police.
  • Injured deer - contact Council on 02 9710 0333 24/7. Injured deer are dangerous so keep your distance. We will attend promptly, assess the situation and take appropriate action.