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A male will shed its antlers annually and regrow a new set
Number of offspring: 1 fawn per breeding season
Gestation: 8 months
Maturity: 16 months
Predators: Wolves, cougars, lynx, bear, mountain lion, bobcat and coyote
European Fallow Deer
Highly adaptable and can survive in a wide range of habitats including, forest, shrub land, grassland, pastureland and plantations. Living in a variety of climates from cool-humid to warm-dry
Displaying crepuscular, nocturnal and diurnal patterns. Living in home ranges, males occupy two seasonal home ranges; one during rut and one when they are in bachelor groups
Variety of coat colours ranging from red, brown, almost black and pale fawn with numerous white spots and white under side. Males also have impressive antlers
Free-living herds have been established in U.S, Canada, Europe, UK, West Indies, South America, South Africa, Madagascar, New Zealand, Fiji and Australia
Ruminant; browsing on a wide variety of grasses, herbs, forbs, sedges, but also commonly browse on trees and shrubs, young shoots, beet mast, chestnuts, acorns, roots, flowers, bark, moss, fungi, dried leaves and lichens
Mating occurs annually during the breeding season, also known as ‘rut’. Males spend most of their time establishing territories and will approach females, sniffing and licking to determine if a female is in estrus. Birthing occurs in a hiding place and females don’t immediately rejoin the herd after birth
Seasonal variations in group size. A doe herd normally consists of females and their current offspring and sub adults. Mature males form bachelor groups. For a considerable part of the year, the herds live separately, coming together for the autumn rut.
Relatively free from major disease. Hunted by humans