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Faced with the problem of approximately 2,000 deer, living in 3,000 hectares of dunes close to Amsterdam, which were causing extensive damage to protected ecosystems and even urban gardens, authorities built a 17km-long fence to contain the animals.

The solution had the advantage of being in line with public opinion, which is strongly opposed to hunting. However, it now appears that many of the deer are dying of hunger.

This week Amsterdam’s municipal council is set to vote on an alternative solution. It may choose the most benevolent option, which would be to shoot the deer before they die of starvation.