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Wollongong City Council

Deer

Wild deer have been a pest in Wollongong for many years. They’re most often found in the escarpment, suburbs near the escarpment and the Royal National Park.

Deer damage natural and public areas, including habitats for native animals. They are also a nuisance on public and private property. Deer can destroy gardens and fences, injure livestock, and have been known to cause vehicle and railway accidents.

We do the following things about problem deer in Wollongong:

  • Support the Illawarra Wild Deer Management Program, which is coordinated by South East Local Land Services.
  • Respond to damage caused by deer on land that Council manages
  • Remove dead deer from public spaces
  • Keep track of the number and location of deer complaints from residents. We share this information with other government agencies, and use it when we review our plans to reduce damage from deer.

You can read more about how deer are managed in the State Government’s South East Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.

Council doesn’t handle deer issues on private property, but these are some things you can try if deer are causing a problem:

  • Consider installing motion-activated sprinklers to deter deer
  • Protect plants with fences, wire or other barriers
  • Keep Council updated on how deer are affecting you, particularly if you notice any changes in their behaviour
  • Contact the Police on 131 444 if you think anyone is illegally hunting deer near you. Some licenced hunters have permission to shoot deer on private rural land, but this is not allowed in residential areas.

Land owners are responsible for disposing of any dead deer found on their property.

If a dead deer is on your property, you will need to arrange it to be taken to our Waste Depot at Kembla Grange for disposal. Waste disposal fees apply. Call the depot on (02) 4260 9857 ahead of time so they can prepare for your arrival.

If you find a dead deer on Council land, call us on (02) 4227 7111 or report it online so we can remove it.

You should never approach an injured deer, as they can be dangerous.

  • If an injured deer is creating an immediate danger to public safety, call the Police on 000.
  • If the injured deer is on public land and is not causing an immediate danger, call Council on (02) 4227 7111 or report it to us online.