Muntjac Deer

The Muntjac is a very small deer that spends most of its
time tucked in the woods, where it browses on low level vegetation such as
newly emerged saplings and grasses. A non-native species, they have established
in high numbers, and at the last count it was estimated that there are around
14 living at Wellington. As opposed to the native deer species, the Muntjac is
able to breed all the year round, which perhaps explains its profligacy. Small
and brown with small stripes down the face, they give a loud bark when alarmed,
which can be just as alarming for the person who has spooked them as much as
for the deer themselves! The males’ antlers are 3-4 inches long at the most.

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