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Drenthe shows zero tolerance for deer and boar

Friday 18 January 2013

Nature groups in Drenthe are furious at plans by the provincial authorities to shoot all wild deer and boar crossing into the province.

The council wants to keep Drenthe free of big game to head off damage to crops and potential traffic accidents, RTL news reports on Friday. In addition, wild boar can spread animal diseases, council documents reafirming the policy state.

‘It is incomprehensible,’ André Donker of natural heritage group Natuurmonumenten is quoted as saying. ‘Large areas of countryside such as the Drents-Friese Wold and the Dwingelderveld offer enough room for boar and deer to live.’


Last January, Utrecht province also agreed wild boar and fallow deer which make their way to the region can be shot. However, a maximum 200 red deer will be allowed to settle in the region, the provincial council agreed.

In 2010 a wild boar, which turned up in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in Flevoland, was shot dead by forestry commission officials.

‘The boar had to be shot because of the zero tolerance policy,’ the forestry commission said in a statement at the time. This means the wild boar population is restricted by law to the Veluwe and parts of Limburg.

Thousands of boar are shot dead in the Veluwe region every year in an effort to keep the population under control and stop the animals spreading into other areas.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I have a better idea, introduce wolfs to naturally control numbers :)

By @CluthaDubh | 18 January 2013 11:38 AM

Pests like deer need a predator. Without wolves there's nothing left but to shoot them.

By Puck | 18 January 2013 11:53 AM

Restricted by law? Someone neglected to inform the boar and deer...

By woods | 18 January 2013 4:10 PM

It's good that they are being proactive in controlling wild boar immigration. They are incredibly destructive animals. A small pack can devastate a farmer's crops in one night.

By Petr VanderVegt | 18 January 2013 4:13 PM

With this apparent zero respect for nature, NO WONDER Holland has no nature left. Why not just bulldoze the entire Veluwe like the rest of the country and get it over with?

By Stupid | 18 January 2013 6:11 PM

yeh yeh humans are so entitled to kill any animal that causes the slightest problem, and any plant too. Hence from similar justifications we will within our lifetimes see the complete destruction of the Amazon rainforests, whales and most sea-life, most of the big African animals, and not long thereafter humans themselves.
Grow some crops for the animals to eat!

By Steve | 18 January 2013 7:43 PM

Deer are not a pest species, they are a resident game species - we eat the venison from them. Deer also don't eat crops - if this is why they are being culled then the politicians are ill informed. Deer eat woodland shoots and leaves. This brings you to the need for deer control: 1. Because it effects the profitability of woodland under management, 2. Because there are too many deer per square acre of woodland ( this is connected to habitat conservation ). I would suggest managing deer in a responsible way and recognising our responsibility to preserve native species. Animals don't have rights they can invoke but humans do have responsibilities.

By O'Dear | 19 January 2013 6:12 PM

Here we go again, first geese and now..oh deer, what a bore! Live & let live, there is enough for us all, cheers! ;)

By The visitor | 19 January 2013 11:35 PM

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