350,000 deer must be culled in UK each year to control numbers
An annual cull of about 350,000 deer will have to be done to keep the population under control, as the growing number are causing accidents and damaging the countryside.
In the most recent years, the deer population is between 1.5 and 2 million, and due to this sharp rise, people are having more road accidents and the deer are damaging the countryside.
Now apparently a cull is the only option.
Ashdown Forest, in East Sussex, which has several thousand Fallow Deer, about two dozen Roe Deer, large numbers of Muntjac and a small herd of Sika, has the highest number of deer-vehicle collisions in Britain.
In 2000 rangers attended 100 collisions involving deer compared to 266 in 2008, despite having fewer staff in 2008. The actual number of collisions is believed to be around 500 a year.
Dr Hew Prendergast, Clerk to the Conservators of Ashdown Forest, said: "The damage the deer are doing in the countryside and the numbers of casualties there are on the roads mean that something must be done.