Focused conservation efforts continues at the Prom

Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Wilsons Promontory National Park to close temporarily

Wilsons Promontory National Park will be closed from Monday 19 August until early morning Friday 23 August 2019 to conduct the annual program for Hog and Sambar deer control as highlighted in the 2017-2021 Conservation Action Plan.

Parks Victoria regularly undertakes dedicated conservation programs, designed to contribute to habitat restoration across all its parks. These programs include activities such as monitoring of grazer and plant populations, revegetation, spraying, controlled burning, and animal control programs. They are crucial to restoring habitat and improving overall landscape health.

Sambar and Hog deer cause significant environmental damage through grazing and trampling through the fragile environment, along with forming wallows in drainage lines.

The program has been operating for 5 years at Wilsons Promontory National Park and needs to continue to reduce the remaining small population of Hog and try and eradicate Sambar deer within the park.

Parks Victoria will be working in partnership with the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, the Australian Deer Association and the Game Management Authority to deliver this program.

Visitors are encouraged to further explore other beautiful surrounds of South Gippsland including the Bunurong Coastal Drive, heading deep underground on a guided tour of the historic State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi, the beaches at Venus Bay and Inverloch, or the rugged beauty of the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park and the Walkerville Lime Kilns.

For more information on the Prom Closure, call 13 1963.

Quotes, attributed to Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger Wilsons Promontory Brett Mitchell

“Parks Victoria is committed to ensuring the effective management of pest species across a variety of landscapes throughout Victoria, including the iconic Prom.”

“Closing the Prom to visitors is no easy decision, however Parks Victoria will always put visitor safety first and this is a necessary step to conduct the program effectively and safely for all involved.”

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