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Deer cull planned in case 'too many' use wildlife bridge

Thursday 08 November 2012

Gelderland provincial council has agreed to cull a number of wild deer to ensure that only manageable numbers use the special wildlife bridge over a motorway and railway, local paper De Stentor reports on Thursday.

The wildlife bridge was built specially for the deer and other animals but locals in the towns of Hulshorst and Hierden are worried too many animals will use the crossing, leading to nuisance and crop damage.

Some 25 deer graze in the vicinity of the bridge and 15 of them are on the hit list, according to local animal rights party councillor Luuk van der Veer. He wants the bridge to remain closed until the issue has been solved.

Too many animals

The bridge was built to stop road accidents and expand the territory open to the deer but locals won a pledge from the provincial council to ensure not too many animals actually use it, De Stentor says.

Provincial executive Jan Jacob van Dijk told De Stentor the agreement is very clear. There are too many deer in the Veluwe national park region and some have to be shot, he said. ‘That can be done near the Hulshorst wildlife bridge or another one,’ the council official is quoted as saying.

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Readers' Comments

All natural areas (including the Veluwe) belong to the wild-life. If a motorway is built through it, then it is the council's responsibility to fence it off so that no wild-life can get onto the motorway. Killing them is just a short-term half-solution. The wild-life will multiply again.

By Chris | 8 November 2012 3:27 PM

Wouldn't it have been simpler as well as cheaper *not* to have built the wildlife bridge and let the traffic sort out how many deer could cross the road and live to tell the tale?

By judith weingarten | 8 November 2012 3:56 PM

Yeah sure. Too many geese around schiphol, gas them. Too many deer in the Veluwe national park, shoot them. Btw the number of these too many deer is 25! Unacceptable for a (part of) national nature park.

By puskul | 8 November 2012 4:00 PM

Really? 25 deer are too many so you have to kill 15 of them? Are you kidding me? Why bother to keep any of them if that's how they feel about them? Kill them all. Rats with antlers. Good grief. Get a life. Let them live in peace. 25 is NOT too many deer.

By The Cat Lady | 8 November 2012 4:15 PM

Deer cull planned in case 'too many' use wildlife bridge. This sad and extreme development has I hope nothing to do with eating “Wild” at Christmas. Could a relocation of some of the animals be a human solution?

By Terence Hale | 8 November 2012 4:24 PM

spend thousand on making a wild life bridge to keep the animals safe from the cars on the A28 and when the deer use it....cul them, totally illogical! - it seems indecent

By jenny | 8 November 2012 9:30 PM

The solution always has to be violent for some reason when it comes to animals and/or wild life. Why do humans consider themselves more intelligent than other life forms remains a mystery to me. 25 beautiful animals will be sacrificed bc of pure ignorance. Why not catch them tenderly and transfer them to a place in nature where they can live peacefully?

By Dr. Frankenstein | 9 November 2012 12:38 PM

These deer are probably some of the only natural animals walking around freely and living the way they should..Build some fences morons!!

The rest of the animals are living in worse conditions than the Jews did during WW2, on factory farms & add plenty to the so called CO2 problem. :P

Most of the Dutch love their pets & spend ridiculous amounts on pampering..but have no qualms when it comes to buying factory farmed meat: I consider that hypocritical & down right insulting..or am I out of order here??

By The visitor | 9 November 2012 7:37 PM

Since they have notactually seen that many deer crossing this bridge how can they just presume it will happen and kill them just on a guess? Ridiculous!

By M | 12 November 2012 8:31 AM

Once again, simplistic views don't cut through the real issue. Big animals such as deer have an enormous impact on grassland areas such as the Veluwe. And they can cause damage to nearby properties or, worse, venture on inhabited areas.

So keeping its population controlled is a must.

Remember: deer had been hunted there for more than 1300 years...

By A. L. | 12 November 2012 9:21 AM

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