WANTED: Sika Deer

Sika Deer, known as the Spotted Deer or the Japanese Deer, were naturally found in Eastern Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea.)


The Sika Deer's fur color varies between mahogany and black (few are white.) They have large white spots covering their fur and are some of the only deer that don't lose their fur in adulthood. Males of long, thin antlers and weigh more than the female (90 pounds.) The female is smaller and weighs averagely 20 pounds less than the male (70 pounds.)

Sika Deer are 20-43 inches tall on average and 37-71 inches in body length.  

Locations in the United States

The large populations of Sika Deer reside in, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Maine, Wyoming, Kansas, Washington, and Texas. Although, some smaller groups reside in other states but aren't as common.

Why are Sika Deer Problems in the United States?

Sika Deer are problems because they mate with other local deers such as the white tail and the red deer and use the same niches. Also they over exceed the normal carrying capacity that is allowed for the area.

How Do They Spread and How Did They Get Here?

Sika Deer spread through the United States by reproducing and moving to different areas for a food source.

Western zoologists found the deer naturally in Eastern Asia and brought them back over.

Controlled Populations

Ways to control the Sika Deer's growing population is to hunt them or keep them in captivity, where not all of them will take up other animals food sources. Or take them back to where they naturally came from where they have very few.

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