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Walls of Jerusalem National Park reopened following deer control operations

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The Walls of Jerusalem National Park will reopen from 3 June 2024, following completion of phase two of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Deer Control Project.

The national park and surrounding conservation areas were closed to allow aerial shooting operations, with the aim of eradicating wild fallow deer to protect natural values.

The following areas are now open for recreational use:

  • Walls of Jerusalem National Park

  • Central Plateau Conservation Area, west of Highland Lakes Road and north of Marlborough Rd and Lyell Highway

  • Tracks that start within the Meander Conservation Area and Great Western Tiers Conservation Area west of Highland Lakes Road

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service thanks the public for observing these closures while operations were underway.

During this year's operation, a further 306 deer were removed over 19 days. This brings the total number of deer removed during the two-year project to 1,017 deer over 40 days.

Animal welfare was a priority and was verified by veterinary officers in attendance each day.

The number of deer destroyed was higher than the initial population estimate, which aligns with experience in other jurisdictions that have undertaken similar projects. 

High-tech thermal imaging cameras were used to confirm the eradication of deer within the project area.

Veterinarians involved in the program indicated that the lead free ammunition used this year was effective, had less impact on the environment and met all animal welfare requirements. 

The two-year project is supported by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments and funded through a $400,000 Australian Heritage Grant.

The management objective for the zone encompassing the TWWHA is 'no deer', which is set out in the Tasmanian Wild Fallow Deer Management Plan.

More information can be found on the TWWHA Deer Control Project webpage.​​

Published 3/06/2024