Help us prevent feral deer getting out of control in the Northern Rivers. Before it’s too late.
Report all deer sightings as soon as possible.
Report sightings using the FeralScan Pest Mapping App.
If you can, include a photograph of the deer, the area and/or the scat (poo).
Click on the images below to find out more about how to identify feral deer species.
You can also download a copy of the Northern Rivers Feral Deer ID brochure.
Deer image credit: Game Management Authority, Victoria and Local Land Services NSW.
Prominent bat like ears with pale inner. Uniform dark brown coat with ginger andcream under-parts and light buff colour under chin. Uniform. Hair is very stiff and coarse.
Large pale rump patch. Ears are normally long and pointed. Grey-brown in Winter. Reddish in colour during summer. Short tail. Calves have distinct white spots.
Coat is coarse. Heavy dark grey-brown duringwinter. Reddish-brown during summer with light chest and throat spots.
Males have: Mane
Uniform yellow-brown to red-brown coat. May have white spots in summer and a dark brown coat in winter. Underside is white/cream. Smallest deer species in Australia.
Highly variable in colour including red, black,white and menil (spotted). Heart shaped palerump patch with black outline. Long tail.
Males have: Penile sheath, Adams apple
Highly variable in colour including red, black, white and menil (spotted). Heart shaped pale rump patch with black outline. Long tail.
Males have: Penile sheath, Adams apple.
Deer are not native animals to Australia. They were introduced in the 19th Century and there are now six species of feral deer in Australia.
There are currently four known feral deer species in the Northern Rivers, but our local habitats are suitable for all six species.
We have a window of opportunity to prevent their numbers getting out of control, and causing significant impacts on road safety, our environment and the livelihoods of our farmers.
We encourage you to try identifying the feral deer species you see, before you report it, but it doesn't matter if you can't. The most important thing is to report the sighting on Deer Scan, and send in a photo if you can.
Identifying deer scats and tracks can also help us monitor feral deer presence and numbers in The Northern Rivers.
Deer produce triangular (heart shaped) or oblong scats that may be deposited either singly or in clumps of pellets. Clumps of deer scat usually break down into separate pellets when they hit the ground. The size and form of scats may vary within and between different species of deer.
It’s easy to confuse deer scat with scat from animals like sheep and goats.
Deer tracks are generally more triangular than other animals like goats and sheep.
Having information in your pocket, backpack or car will help you identify feral deer species. To get a copy, please join our Deer Watch program.