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A regular visitor in the woods lower in the valley

Roe deer

A roe deer surprised among the foliage.

Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) are the smallest wild ungulates in the Alps. They belong to the same family as red deer, but are considerably smaller: only the males have antlers, which are shed and grow back every year, these too are smaller than those of red deer and have at most three tines. They were reintroduced by hunting syndicates in the districts outside the Park, and now roe deer have spread their range to occupy a part of the Park territory: their numbers are increasing rapidly, mostly in the valley bottoms, thanks to their high birth rate and a suitable habitat of abandoned fields, woods and clearings.

In the period between late spring and the beginning of summer (May-June) the females give birth to one or two young with a characteristic dappled brown coat. Very often the females leave their fawns hidden in the long grass, while they forage in the vicinity; so it is possible to come across seemingly abandoned young animals: in this case it is extremely important to move away without touching them, as the smell it would leave on the fawn could cause the mother to abandon it.

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