Shaggy deer unexpectedly caught by RMK’s deer camera 04.03
Of deer species, only the red deer has been known to occur on Saaremaa to date, and this has been always the case since the introduction of deer to the island in 1965. “Last November, however, there was a surprise when, upon closer inspection by hunters, a hunted buck turned out to be a Sika deer instead,” recounted Tiit Hunt. “In winter, Sika deer bucks have no light spots, as a result of which the two deer species are difficult to tell apart, especially given the knowledge that one of the species does not occur on Saaremaa.”
According to Tiit Hunt, the report of the Sika deer captured on Saaremaa suggests that the woolly timid animal recently recorded by RMK’s nature camera may be a hybrid of the red deer and the Sika deer or, simply, a red deer with an abnormal coat. “Perhaps evidence gathered going forward will bring clarity; in the meantime, everyone can keep an eye on RMK’s nature camera for themselves and, with some luck, watch the animal that has caused the excitement live from their home,” he said. Animals are busiest in front of the nature camera during the hours of darkness.
A live feed from RMK’s deer camera is available for viewing at www.rmk.ee. A video recording of the unexpectedly shaggy deer is accessible at.