Poll: Do you think there should be a mass cull of deer?
PUBLISHED: 12:26 07 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:26 07 March 2013
Experts are urging all-out war on deer, which could see close to a million animals being shot each year in the UK.
Culling on a massive scale is necessary just to keep the exploding deer population at its current level, they say.
The call to arms was made after new research showed that only by killing 50-60pc of deer can their numbers be kept under reasonable control.
This is slaughter on a far greater scale than the 20-30pc culling rates recommended before.
With total deer numbers estimated at about 1.5million, it could result in more than 750,000 animals being shot every year.
Deer are said to be having a devastating effect on woodland, damaging crops, causing road accidents and threatening a danger to public safety in urban areas.
Dr Paul Dolman, from the UEA, said shooting by trained and licensed hunters was the only practical way to keep their population in check.
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