Deer killing to continue despite hundreds demanding end to culls
Petition to bring an immediate end to culling in Aberdeen was discussed on Tuesday.
The killing of deer in Aberdeen will continue despite hundreds of people signing a petition demanding an end to the culls.
Campaigners have warned there may now be as few as 19 roe deer left as a result of regular population management.
A petition to bring an immediate stop to the culls was discussed by Aberdeen City Council on Tuesday afternoon.
But councillors pointed out that a new deer management plan is set to be presented to the council in October and took no action.
Petitions Committee convener Alan Donnelly said: “We have a deer management plan ongoing which will be submitted to the infrastructure committee later this year. The petition has been heard and we’ve moved on but the questions it raises will form part of the new deer management plan.
“Nobody likes killing animals but if we didn’t they would starve to death. There isn’t enough vegetation and there is a danger of traffic accidents if they get on the roads. All councils have to have deer management controls in place and we are one of the better local authorities.”
The petition, created by campaigner Suzanne Kelly, was signed by around 430 people.
Twenty-two deer were controversially shot between January and April 2012 at Tullos Hill. The cull was linked to Aberdeen City Council's Tree for Every Citizen plan to plant 100,000 trees at Tullos Hill.
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