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Dunne Calls on Doc to Consult over Deer Repellent

29 Aug 2014

DUNNE CALLS ON DOC TO CONSULT OVER DEER REPELLENT

UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne is supporting the Game Animal Council’s call that deer repellent is used with the latest 1080 drop in Fiordland.

“I am extremely disappointed that DoC has rejected requests to use deer repellent in the current 1080 operation in the South.

“Given the nationally significant deer herds within the 1080 drop area I would expect repellent to be used again” said Mr Dunne.

The Department of Conservation is conducting a poisoning operation covering 9000 hectares across the southwest South Island, beginning this week. The area is home to the nationally significant Glenorchy herd of Whitetail deer.

“DoC is going ahead with this 1080 drop with no use of deer repellent despite requests from the Game Animal Council and the hunting community.

“This is in direct contrast to the agreement I reached with the Minister of Conservation in February regarding the use of deer repellent.

“DoC has it wrong here and needs to go back and consider the views of stakeholders, community, and iwi.” said Mr Dunne

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