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Should deer be culled to reduce their numbers?

PUBLISHED: 12:11 30 September 2018 | UPDATED: 07:38 01 October 2018

A muntjac deer in a garden near the centre of King's Lynn   Picture: Chris Bishop

A muntjac deer in a garden near the centre of King's Lynn Picture: Chris Bishop

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A young male muntjac takes a breather in the centre of King’s Lynn.

Overgrown gardens and run-down areas of wasteland offer ideal habitat for the deer.

Workers frequently see this animal in the grounds of their office building.

It comes as research shows deer numbers are at their highest for 1,000 years.

Numbers of red, roe, fallow, sika, muntjac and Chinese water deer have doubled since 1999, according to the Deer Initiative. It reckons there are now 2m of them.

A study by the University of East Anglia argues a cull of up to 50pc of muntjac may be needed.

Deer are believed to cause around £9m damage a year to crops and forestry. The aninmals have also cause a 50pc decline in some woodland bird species by grazing ground cover.

Lastly, they are involved in around 70,000 road accidents a year, including fatalities.

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