Sika Deer and White-tailed Deer

While out riding around the Dorchester County Neck Districts, not only were we seeing a lot of Eastern Wild Turkeys I recently shared, but near them we’d also see deer.  Never any large herds, just a few here and there.

Closer to the marshes, we found the Sika Deer.

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Sika Deer (hind or cow – female)

 

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Sika Deer (stag – male)

 

Further inland around the forest, we found the White-tailed Deer.

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White-tailed Deer (fawn)

 

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White-tailed Deer (buck -male)

 

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White-tailed Deer (doe – female)

 

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White-tailed Deer (male & female) running for the woods.

 

Cool Fact:  Sika Deer are not actually deer.  They are a member of the Elk family, sometimes also called Sika Elk or Asian Elk.  They were first introduced in the Chesapeake Bay watershed on James Island in Dorchester County, Maryland, in 1916.

 

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