Erfurt (dpa / th) - The CDU state parliamentary group has spoken out against a planned earlier shooting of roe deer in Thuringia.

According to a draft ordinance by the Ministry of Forestry, roe deer hunting in Thuringia should start on March 31 of each year.

“A shortening of the closed season cannot be done with us,” said the forest policy spokesman for the CDU parliamentary group, Marcus Malsch, on Thursday.

Roe deer are not a forest pest, but a necessary component of the forest ecosystem.

So far, deer can only be hunted in Thuringia from the beginning of May.

The hope that the roe deer population in the forests will be reduced in order to reduce the damage caused by browsing in the forest is linked to earlier shooting.

At the end of March, however, the animals were still in winter stress, Malsch explained.

They are emaciated from the cold season and have not yet been able to feed themselves any fat reserves.

"If I build up the hunting pressure in the hunting grounds in this situation, I not only put individual animals under pressure, but also all other cloven-hoofed game species in the area."

The consequences could extend to death from exhaustion.

That is against animal welfare.

The associations can currently comment on the hunting ordinance.

The CDU will oppose the project in the responsible state parliament committee.


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