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Sika Deer

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) also known as the spotted deer or the Japanese deer, is a species of deer native to much of East Asia.

The sika deer is one of the few deer species that does not lose its spots upon reaching maturity. They are medium-sized herbivores, though they show notable size variation across their several subspecies.

Their population status varies significantly in different countries. Although the species as a whole is thriving, it is endangered and extinct in many areas. Japan has by far the largest native sika population in the world. This is mainly atttributed to recent conservation efforts and the extinction of its main predator, the wolf, over a century ago. China used to have the largest population of sika, but thousands of years of hunting and habitat loss have reduced the population to less than 1,000.