All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Axis deer</strong> 
<em>Cervus axis</em>
Concan, TX (Garner SP)

These deer are a good example of what can happen when exotic animals are brought into an area for the purpose of hunting. Many of the ranches in the Hill Country of central Te...
Axis deer
Cervus axis
Concan, TX (Garner SP)

These deer are a good example of what can happen when exotic animals are brought into an area for the purpose of hunting. Many of the ranches in the Hill Country of central Texas have imported these deer from India, kudus, dikdiks, antelopes, and other animals from Africa and other countries. These deer were photographed from the car in Garner State Park near Concan. The deer escaped from a nearby ranch when the Frio River flooded in 2002. They have few natural enemies (other than cars and guns!), so their numbers have exploded. They can have more than one fawn per year. Unlike the native Whitetail deer, the adults do not lose their spots. The local people told us these deer are very good to eat! We were told not to drive at night in the area because of the danger of hitting one of these deer. We saw a lot of dead ones on the side of the highway.

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