At the start of the 20th Century, red deer were almost extinct in the Central Alps. Today, the density of the red deer population inside the Stilfser Joch National Park and the Vinschgau region, make them the most important wildlife in the entire Alpine region.
Inside the Stilfser Joch National Park and the adjacent valleys, approximately 10,500 red deer can be found in an area of 3,000 km². In some regions of the protected area, a population density has emerged, which leads to conflicts within the population itself. If the density is too high, there will also be enormous damage to the forests and the cultural landscape, where the management of meadows and fields in the mountain regions is already difficult enough. During the autumn of 2000 at the Vinschgau Nordberg, shooting specialists together with the help of the local group of hunters, selectively shot and diminished the red deer population according to gender and age.
The density of red deer has decreased from 9.7 animals/100ha in 2000 to 5.4 animals/100ha in 2010, but still remains above the target of 4.0 animals/100ha.
For further information, contact
Dr. Hanspeter Gunsch