Some 4,000 fallow deer living in the dunes west of Amsterdam still need to be culled to ensure a healthy population in the reserve, provincial wildlife experts said at the weekend.
Since culling was first permitted in 2015, over 8,000 deer have been shot but the ideal population size – put at around 1,000 – has never been reached.
The new plan envisages a longer hunting season over a two year period in order to cut numbers and so reduce the damage to trees and dune habitats.
And even if the ideal population size is reached, 400 to 500 deer will have to be shot every year to keep the herd in check, officials say.
The plan will be discussed at a provincial level next weekend.
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