Fallow deer

Threats and limiting factors

Threats and limiting factors
The wolf, the fox, the jackal and the stray dogs are the natural enemies of the fallow deer and they significantly harm it. Because the fallow deer is slower than the red deer, it becomes easy prey for wolves or stray dogs, especially in deeper snow. The fox and the jackal attack the young. However, it is not predators that are the main threat to them, but poaching.

The main threat to fallow deer is poaching. The fallow deer disappeared from the Bulgarian lands about ten centuries ago due to its uncontrolled extermination by man. He is persecuted for his beautiful antlers, which turn into hunting trophies and his meat. As well as being slower, it is more credulous than the red deer, which also makes it vulnerable to poachers.

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