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Hog Deer : Spotted

Hog Deer : Spotted

The hog deer has been spotted for the first time at the Rajaji Tiger Reserve.

  • Rajaji Tiger Reserve is spread over three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal.
  • It is situated along the hills and foothills of the Shiwalik ranges.

Hog deer:

  • It is a solitary creature but sometimes spotted feeding in small groups in open fields when food there is plentiful.
  • For the most part it is sedentary and does not migrate.
  • Males tend to be territorial and mark their territory with glandular secretions.
  • This species exhibits sexual dimorphism. The females are slightly smaller than males and lack antlers.
  • It has a native geographic range throughout India, including the Himalayan foothills and Southeast Asia.
  • Humans have introduced free-ranging populations of this deer in Sri Lanka, Australia and the United States, including Texas, Florida, and Hawaii.
  • It appears to prefer dense forests; however, they are often observed in clearings, grasslands and occasionally wet grasslands.
  • This variation is usually associated with time of year and food distribution.
  • Conservation status
    • IUCN: Endangered
    • Wildlife Protection Act 1972: Scheduled I