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Although this small alien to our shores is a welcome sight in many gardens the Reeves or Chinese Muntjac deer Muntiacus reevesi is becoming a serious pest - destroying flowers, plants and all vegetation in there wake. With no natural predators here in the UK and the ability to breed twice a year Muntjac deer are having something of a population explosion in East Anglia. They are often to be found on the grass verges of roads and all too often are the victims of traffic accidents.
The deer themselves are not much larger than a Labrador, weighing in between 10-18 kgs. The Bucks (males) have short antlers and also a set of tusks – overly large canine teeth, they are often recorded to have attacked pets when cornered. Early evenings Muntjac can be seen coming out of dense vegetation to feed, also known as the ‘barking deer’ due to their vocal calls to find mates and maintain territories.
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Due to their reproductive rate numbers are on the increase. With no natural predators every year at least one new generation must find itself a territory, pushing them further into contact with people. Their stomaches seem keen to consume all manner of shrubs and flowers, with damage caused by Muntjac deer may run into hundreds of pounds worth of investment per garden.
Deer are not known for being aggresive however its not that uncommon to hear that Muntjac have charged and gored dogs if startled.
Wildlife Proof Fencing is the long term solution to a Muntjac problem. Culling by a qualified marksman will reduce numbers in a local population and will provide relief until the numbers in the area recover. However, with a growing population the any culling will ulitmately create a vacuum. If the deer has found itself within a confined area and is unable to escape culling is not always an option. If the deer is a residential area the use of fire arms must be considered inappropriate.
We have developed our own deer nets for the live capture of injured muntjac deer. Working as team we capture the animal and place it in a specially made Muntjac crate to be removed for culling at an appropriate location.
If you would like to discuss a deer problem please feel free to call or email us.
Does (female deer) can become pregnant at any time of the year and will produce a fawn every seven months – coming into season a few days after giving birth. The young fawns follow their mother around feeding on her milk for upto two months before weaning, they become independent at six months old and will become sexually mature at just eight months old.
With a life span of up around 15 years it is clear as to why Muntjac are becoming such a nuisance, being very territorial a ‘tide line’ of damage to woodland and garden plants become apparent after a short time.
In response to an interesting request to remove an injured muntjac deer from a walled garden in a surburban location we devised our own muntjac deer net (which is actually similar to long net used for hare, but larger and stronger) and have a specially designed muntjac deer crate for the removal of caught animals.
In situations where the use of firearms may inappropraite our deer trapping system has proved remarkably effective capturing every animal targetted in a short space of time.
The legal status of the muntjac deer requires us not to release any trapped animals back into the wild. Any animal caught by our system will need to be culled (at a suitable location) or relocated to a private deer park or collector. Muntjac deer must not be released back into the wild, please do not ask us to do this. If possible we will locate a new home for animals at the clients request.
Please note presently this service can only be offered when the Muntjac Deer has sustained as injury.