The Distribution and Abundance of Fallow Deer in the Central Plateau Conservation Area & Adjacent Areas in Tasmania: A Baseline Monitoring Program

Nature Conservation Report 07/02.

Fallow deer (Dama dama) occur in the central highlands of Tasmania including areas that are adjacent to the World Heritage listed Central Plateau Conservation Area (CPCA). Reports of fallow deer sightings made by recreational users of the reserve as well as observations made by Parks and Wildlife Service staff, Inland Fisheries Service staff and land managers suggest that fallow deer in these areas have increased in abundance and that they have expanded their range to include parts of the CPCA.

The primary aim of the project was to establish baseline information regarding the distribution and abundance of fallow deer in the CPCA and adjacent areas. The baseline survey used reported sightings of fallow deer and ground searches for fallow deer sign to determine fallow deer distribution. Spotlight counts, an aerial count and pellet group standing crop density indices were used to measure fallow deer relative abundance at selected sites within and adjacent to the CPCA.

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Written by Locke, S.
Published by Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment.
(Published in 2007)
ISBN/ISSN 1441-0680
Copyright Government of Tasmania 2007
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