March 2008
Removing deer from Secretary Island will allow the regeneration of many plants that are vulnerable to browsing.


This deer control programme is part of a larger restoration programme enhancing the ecological values of Secretary island. The restoration programme also includes the control of stoats and the reintroduction of native species no longer found or threatened on mainland Fiordland.

More than 480 deer have been removed from Secretary Island in the first 14 months of a programme, being carried out by the Department of Conservation, aimed at removing deer. The programme also seeks to limit any long term re-establishment of deer on the island.

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Prepared by Dave Crouchley, Department of Conservation, Te Anau Area Office

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