What is sika deer?

Sika Deer

The sika deer, Cervus nippon, also known as the spotted deer or the Japanese deer, is a species of deer native to much of East Asia, and introduced to various other parts of the world. Previously found from northern Vietnam in the south to the Russian Far East in the north, it is now uncommon in these areas, excluding Japan, where the species is overabundant. Its name comes from shika (鹿?), the Japanese word for "deer".

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Sika Deer - Velvet Antler
... antlers) is a popular ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine, and sika in China were domesticated long ago for the antler trade, along with several other species ... In Taiwan, both Formosan sika deer and Formosan sambar deer (Cervus unicolor swinhoei) have been farmed for velvet antlers ... Japan is the only country in eastern Asia where sika deer were not farmed for velvet antlers ...
South China Sika Deer
... The South China sika deer (Cervus nippon kopschi) is one of many subspecies of sika deer ...
Taxonomy - Hybrid Deer
... A number of deer hybrids are bred to improve meat yield in farmed deer ... American elk (or wapiti) and Red Deer from the Old World can produce fertile offspring in captivity, and were once considered one species ... have shown there are not one but three species of Red Deer European red deer, Central Asian red deer, and American elk ...
Killarney National Park - Conservation Threats
... infested large areas of the National Park, and Sika Deer, which overgraze the woodland floor and pose a potential threat to the genetic integrity of the native Red Deer ... Both Rhododendron and Sika Deer can have an adverse effect on the native flora by inhibiting regeneration ... Deer grazing is also common ...

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