As the mating season takes place, deer are becoming increasingly boisterous particularly around the Killarney, County Kerry area. Politicians are calling for stricter regulations and population control, as they feel lives are in danger when deer are allowed to roam rampant.
Motorists were cited as those in particular danger, as deer have been known to wander out of the Killarney National Park and stray across oncoming traffic.
Cllr Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen said he was ‘sick of raising this issue in this council’ after many unsuccessful attempts to find a solution. He also added that the deer carry Lymes disease and tuberculosis, as well as being unruly and damaging fences and gardens.
Independent Cllr Dan McCarthy has called for legislation that would allow farmers to shoot all deer that walk onto their property.
The Irish Wild Deer Association are in support of a full census of the deer population, and has said it will support a cull only if the basis of which is supported fully by scientific evidence and complete statistics.