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New scheme to tackle deer deaths

Deer deaths on the road are increasing, evidence shows

A warden scheme has been set up to deal with the increased number of deer casualties on roads in East Sussex.

Since 2002 the number of deer deaths has trebled to more than 300 a year, especially in the Ashdown forest area, evidence shows.

The scheme is a partnership involving Sussex Police, the Deer Initiative and the Conservators of Ashdown forest.

It was set up to ensure the safety of drivers and walkers and aims to reduce the suffering of injured animals.

The wardens, who work on a voluntary basis, have been trained and equipped to deal with injured animals and can be called 24 hours a day.

Councillor Matthew Lock, of East Sussex County Council, said: "While the number of deer hit by vehicles continues to rise, it's important that an injured deer or other animal is dealt with as quickly as possible.

"Left alone, it [a struck deer] will pose a risk to drivers and suffer unnecessary pain and stress."

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