Cedar Grove woman warns neighbours to be on the lookout for feral deer after two encounters in one week

Watch out: A Cedar Grove woman has had a run in with deer, and is urging people to be on the lookout.
Watch out: A Cedar Grove woman has had a run in with deer, and is urging people to be on the lookout.

A Cedar Grove woman who said she almost hit a wild deer on her street is urging motorists to be on the lookout for the animals on the road.

Megan Anderson nearly collided with the deer which ran in front of her car last month.

She had pulled out of her driveway on Cedar Grove Road one morning when the near-miss happened.

Mrs Anderson said that had she been going faster, she said it could have been a different story.

It was the second encounter she had with a deer in the same week.

Days earlier, a neighbour called to say there was one in Mrs Anderson's driveway.

Its presence was a hit with the area's kids, who came to have a look with their parents.

Rather than view the animals as pests, Mrs Anderson welcomed reports of them being seen in the neighbourhood.

"It's the first time I've ever seen them," she said.

"If they are such a pest, why have I never seen them before?

"It's not a problem. I haven't had gardens destroyed and children haven't been hurt.

"It's the same with a kangaroo or wallaby, or when a cow gets out.

"You have to drive with caution naturally when you live in a rural area.

"I drive past a park every day, where there are people exercising. Kids are playing.

"You have to be careful."

"I think if you want to live in a rural area, you have to be equal to it."

Mrs Anderson's encounters come after a planned cull of wild deer at the Cedar Grove wastewater treatment plant did not go ahead last year.

Feral deer are listed as a restricted invasive species under the state government's Biosecurity Act 2014.

Under the Act, feral deer can't be moved, fed, given away or sold.

"The damage caused by feral deer in Logan includes the destruction of native vegetation and agriculture, spreading of weed seeds and damage to trees from antler rubbing," a council spokesman said.

Division 9 councillor Scott Bannan said people should tell authorities about encounters with the animals.

"I would encourage anyone who comes into contact with deer to report it to council," he said.

A council spokesman said the amount of deer reported in the area was low, in areas around Jimboomba.

"Council has reports and evidence of a population of feral fallow and rusa deer on private, council and state land in Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Jimboomba, Stockleigh, Logan Village, Waterford, Logan Reserve, Loganholme and Carbrook," the spokesman said.

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