Thousands of deer may be shot to preserve Dutch dunes

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Fallow deer (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/David Paloch). (Fallow deer (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/David Paloch))

Thousands of fallow deer in the Amsterdam Waterleiding dunes near Zandvoort may be shot in an effort to preserve biodiversity in the region, the court ruled in a case brought by Fauna Protection, NOS reports.

The court decided that the population can be reduced from 3,000 to 800. Hunting can start immediately and 50 deer may be shot a week until April 1st. After that hinting will be closed until November 1st.

The Noord-Holland provincial council agreed that the deer need to be killed off because they damage crops, cause traffic incidents and have an adverse effect on the biodiversity in the region.

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