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Gelderland to press ahead with deer cull

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Gelderland province is to press ahead with plans to shoot most of a herd of 25 red deer to ensure not too many animals use a new wildlife bridge over a motorway and railway, despite a storm of angry reactions.

The new bridge is to be opened shortly and farmers on the other side are worried the deer will damage their crops. The province agreed with farmers before the bridge was built that measures would be taken to reduce potential damage.

The animal rights party PvdD says this means 15 of the 25 deer in the herd will be shot dead. Dutch natural heritage organisation Natuurmonumenten has now called for the opening of the bridge to be delayed to allow all the options to be properly examined.

Provincial officials told the Telegraaf they regret the link that has been made between the bridge and the cull and that deer will not be shot in the vicinity.

‘It is fanastic there are red deer in the Veluwe and we want to keep it that way,’ said Jan Jacob van Dijk, the council executive in charge of nature management. However, nature management is a question of balance, he said.

Deer cull planned in case too many use wildlife bridge

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And when a bad winter comes the same authorities say that they won't give extra food to the animals because they are wild. Yet when christmas time comes and people want traditional venison on their plate, suddenly the animals are no longer wild, they are managed. Hmmmnnn...

By Geuzen76 | 14 November 2012 9:40 AM

This is the petition by Faunabescherming against this plan.
http://petities.nl/petitie/geen-geweren-om-de-herten-te-keren
It is very easy to adjust the bridge so that only small animals can cross. Unfortunately hunting is popular in Gelderland. This is not over yet.

By pepe | 14 November 2012 10:14 AM

Venison, probably the best natural red meat in NL: what's all the fuss about? So many of you eat the tortured no-life factory farmed rubbish anyway.

By The visitor | 14 November 2012 9:46 PM

And when a bad winter comes the same authorities say that they won't give extra food to the animals because they are wild. Yet when christmas time comes and people want traditional venison on their plate, suddenly the animals are no longer wild, they are managed. Hmmmnnn...

By Geuzen76 | 15 November 2012 8:49 AM

Leave the animals alone!

By phil | 15 November 2012 10:24 AM

Please let me know? are those 25 deer the only ones this whole kafuffle is all about? Seems like part time work hours in the Netherlands are paying off! You all have too much time on your hands!

By tobias | 15 November 2012 10:30 AM

Tobias, for me it's not about the animals being shot, it's about the underhanded way privileged people can lobby councils in order to enjoy one of their favorite pursuits - shooting large mammals. There must be hundreds of ways to stop deers crossing bridges with resorting to shooting the animals. But of course... it's hunting season and the toffs want their heads on a wall and their meat on a plate.

By Geuzen76 | 17 November 2012 10:08 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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