ENVIRONMENT Minister Tony Burke has dismissed claims he mistakenly inspected damage caused by deer in the Alpine National Park.
Mr Burke visited the park in February to assess the effects of alpine grazing.
In a letter to The Weekly Times, Mountain Cattlemen's Association of Victoria president Mark Coleman said Mr Burke "pointed to an old deer wallow ... and talked about cattle damage".
Mr Burke said the MCAV had complained they weren't invited to the park.
"Now they claim they were there with me and know what I saw and didn't see," he said.
The Department of Environment said cattle prints and manure showed "the area had been frequented by cattle, not deer."