WANTED: Sika Deer

The deer has a brown/chestnut coat and has white spots and a white underbelly, with white legs. They have black stripe on their tail, and black noses.

Information

Common name and Scientific Name (Genus species)

Sika deer, Japanese deer, Cervus nippon

Identify your species as Plant or Animal.

Animal

Identify your species as an Aquatic or Terrestrial Pest.

Terrestrial pest

Give a physical description of your species (size, color, etc.)

The deer has a brown/chestnut coat and has white spots and a white underbelly, with white legs. They have black stripe on their tail, and black noses.

Where is your species native to (ie. Where is it from)? (Countries or Continents)

Saki deer live in Japan, probably Kyushu.

Why is it a threat or problem in the United States? What are its ‘crimes?’

Sika are usually active 24 hours a day. In crowded areas, they are active only at night, making them a greater danger to motorists and more difficult to discourage from invading human territory.

Where does it occur in the United States? Include a map.

There are already a few complaints about the sika in America, where they’ve been introduced mainly in Texas and Maryland, and perhaps expanded elsewhere. Like many an invasive species, the sika was introduced with good intentions, but like those before it, the sika shows signs it could grow out of control.

How does this species spread?

Over population.

How did it get to the United States?

Sika deer became established here during the early 1900s when Clemment Henry, an Eastern Shore resident, released five or six deer onto James Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Over the years the population expanded off of the island and onto the mainland, where today they inhabit the marshes and forested wetlands characteristic of the area.

What are some ways its population might be controlled?

We could keep some of the animals in captivity and breed them a little less to release them back into the wild

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