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Wapiti stag (2nd of 8)

Wapiti stag

Wapiti are the largest round-antlered deer in the world. This male is a descendant of some of the 18 animals released at the head of George Sound, Fiordland, in March 1905. They spread slowly but by 1925 had colonised 100 square kilometres of rugged mountain country. They were introduced as sport for trophy hunters. Some huge heads were shot between 1923 and 1935, when protection for wapiti was removed. By the 1950s, red deer were interbreeding with them. The pure wapiti strain is no longer found, but red deer–wapiti hybrids are still keenly targeted by hunters in Fiordland.

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Carl Walrond, 'Hunting - Imported game animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008