What kind of deer live in New Zealand?
In respect to this, how many wild deer are there in New Zealand?
1.7 million deer
Similarly, when were deer introduced to New Zealand? Introduction of deer Between 1861 and 1919, more than 250 red deer (Cervus elaphus) were released in New Zealand for sport. They were either brought directly from the UK or came via Australia. The liberation of red deer continued until 1926.
Considering this, are deer pests in New Zealand?
The red deer in New Zealand produce very large antlers and are regarded as amongst the best in the world by hunters. Along with the other introduced deer species they are however regarded as a pest by the Department of Conservation and have at times been heavily culled using professional hunters.
What do deer eat NZ?
Chicory, red clover, plantain and lucerne as well as fodder trees may be included in a shrub/forb mixture. Therefore the preference deer have shown for red clover, chicory and lotus over grasses can be explained by their higher quality and how easily they can be selected and eaten.