Aberdeen City Council have agreed a management plan to control Aberdeen’s deer population.
On Tuesday, councillors approved a report which indicates deer could be culled using ‘humane techniques’ by outside operatives to help protect trees, farms and motorists.
Records indicate that over 60 deer were killed by vehicles in the area over the past 12 months, with collisions particularly an issue on the A90 and South Deeside Road.
Approval of the plans come after a 430-signature petition presented to the local administration in April which asked the local authority to "immediately halt all planned deer culling until new population measurements can be taken".
At the time, campaigners said there may now be as few as 19 roe deer left as a result of regular population management.
However, the local authority has said no deer management will occur until a survey is carried out to fully assess the number of deer in the Aberdeen area.
Councillor Neil Cooney said: "There will be no management until a population survey is completed – we must look at the issue of population densities.
"Any other practical non-lethal measures will be looked at. Part of the management plan will be to review and update deer awareness signs as part of an essential awareness plan."
Suzanne Kelly who created the petition said: "We welcome the assurance from the council that no action will be taken without a population survey and that this time they are looking at non-lethal ways to control deer. There are many ways to manage the deer population without killing them."
Cllr Cooney added: "We need a collaborative and consistent plan shared by all landowners in the city and that is what we are setting out to achieve – such collaboration will allow us to confirm deer numbers.
"I would love to see a healthy roe deer population in good physical condition, and that will happen if the numbers are in balance with the habitat. Deer welfare – which includes condition, weight and size – is an important condition, as it public safety."
Twenty-two deer were controversially shot between January and April 2012 at Tullos Hill. The cull was linked to Aberdeen City Council's Tree for Every Citizen plan to plant 100,000 trees at Tullos Hill.