Issue of roaming deer raised in Seanad

Red Deer Stag During Rutting Season. Photograph taken by John Delea of the Wild Deer Association.  The issue of deer roaming onto the road at Ballydowney, Killarney has been raised in the Seanad. Killarney Labour Senator Marie Moloney raised the issue citing a number of accidents – including three fatalities. The Senator said Gardaí in Killarney received between 70 and 100 calls a year about roaming deer and while they’re a vital element in drawing visitor numbers they should be controlled in the interest of safety. She called for the erection of high impact warning signs at prominent locations. A reply, delivered on behalf of Minister Heather Humphreys said the erection of a fence could impact on the sensitive habitats within Killarney National Park. But improved sight-lines would benefit motorists and additional or relocated signs may be provided.