72 deer in private field sealed off for silage

Deer are causing damage to property in the vicinity of Tomies.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

ROAMING deer are causing all sorts of problems for landowners living in the vicinity of Tomies, close to where a popular new scenic walkway and car park has been opened.

The problem was highlighted by Cllr Maura Healy-Rae who asked Kerry County Council officials to liaise with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to rectify the situation

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae: Fencing has been damaged in the area
Mayor Brendan Croni: Counted 72 deer in private field

She said a section of fencing had been damaged in the area and it needed to be repaired to safeguard the property of private landowners.

“It is now impossible for these landowners to have sufficient grass for their animals,” she said.

“They can’t maintain the grass because of the constant incursions from deer”.

Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Brendan Cronin, recalled visiting a property in the area one summer’s evening at a time when a field was closed off for silage purposes.

“I counted 72 deer there. It’s making life impossible for the property owners,” he said.

Council officials said they would write to the National Parks and Wildlife Service on the matter.