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Fallow Released In Taranaki Bush
10-09-2007 | webmaster
Teams of professional hunters are tracking down around 200 Fallow deer that are believed to have been let loose in Taranaki bush.
The Taranaki Daily News reports the Animal Health Board is running the hunting operation in order to protect Taranakis Tb-free status.
The Department of Conservation got a tip-off that the deer had been released in rugged hill country bordering the Whanganui National Park. There are several indications that they originate from a farmed situation in another region. A Department spokesman says the release was clearly aimed at boosting numbers for hunting.
The hunt began on Friday and was expected to take a few days. Carcases cleared for human consumption are being processed by Egmont Venison.