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Sika

(Cervus nippon)

Shoulder height: 80-120cm Weight: 40-60kg Lifespan: max. 15 years

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Identification: There is considerable variation in the size and appearance of Sika. The summer coat is chestnut to fawn with distinct white spots. In winter the dense coat is grey to black without the spotting. The white caudal patch outlined in black may be confused with fallow deer but can be distinguished by the black striped tail only extending halfway down the patch. Stags have no more than 5 points on their antlers. General: Sika were introduced to Britain in 1860. A number of feral populations have established from escapees. Where red deer are present, hybrid populations have formed. These deer are solitary or a hind with calf until the rut when aggregations of both sexes occur. However it is unusual to see more than 5-6 deer together. During the rut the stags produce a Rutting stags high pitched whistle which is audible up to 1km away or a deep moan which does not carry far. The rut begins at the end of September and females will leave over wintering aggregations in March to give birth. Distribution - UK: They have strong populations in north-west and southern Scotland, north-west England and Dorset, along with a small isolated population in East Anglia. 81

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