MORE than 200 deer have been culled by Aberdeen City Council in recent years, the Evening Express can reveal today.
The number peaked in 2014/15 when 92 animals were killed.
The figures were shared in response to a Freedom of Information request on culling activity in the city.
As land owner, the council has a statutory legal duty to manage deer at sustainable levels.
This week the council agreed a new Deer Management Plan, which will see officers carry out a population survey before targeting animals.
Management started in 2011/12 when 36 animals were shot.
The number rose to 81 the following year before rising to 92 in 2013/14 and dropping back to 46 last year. So far, six animals have been culled in 2015/16.
The new management plan demonstrates how the council will implement the requirements of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 and Deer Management Code of Practice.
A council spokeswoman said: “Land managers have a responsibility to manage deer numbers on their land at a responsible level.”
If deer numbers aren’t kept down, the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 allows Scottish Natural Heritage to step in to protect crops and trees, and also reduce danger to public safety.
The report said in 2014/15 there were “at least” 61 deer killed on Aberdeen roads and warned they could put vehicle drivers and passengers at risk.