Sumatran Muntjac

The Sumatran Muntjac (Muntiacus montanus) is a deer which can be the size of a large dog. The Sumatran muntjac was discovered in 1914, but had not been sighted since 1930, until one was snared and freed from a hunter's snare in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia in 2002. Two other Sumatran muntjac have since been photographed in the park. The Sumatran Muntjac has been placed on the IUCN Red List for 2008, but is listed as Data Deficient, as taxonomical issues are still unresolved (it sometimes is considered a subspecies M. muntjak montanus of the common muntjac). Also, the distribution of the species is uncertain and may be more extensive than suggested. It is possible that some previous sightings in Western Sumatra of the common muntjac actually of the Sumatran muntjac.