Sika Deer Cervus nippon Temminck, 1838Non-native  Synonyms: Sika Elk.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Mammalia   >   Order Artiodactyla   >   Family Cervidae   >   Genus Cervus   

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Native to Japan and eastern mainland Asia, the diminutive Sika Deer was introduced on Assateague Island in the 1920s. Locally common elsewhere on the lower Eastern Shore, especially Dorchester County.

There are 160 records in the project database.

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Sika Deer in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/4/2016). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Sika Deer on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/10/2005). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list) (More of this species)

Sika Deer on Assateague Island in Worcester Co., Maryland (11/15/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Sika Deer on Assateague Island in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/1/2012). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

A Sika Deer in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/3/2011). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

Sika Deer in Worcester Co., Maryland (2/6/2018). Photo by Emily Carter Mitchell. (MBP list)

A very wet Sika Deer in Dorchester Co., Maryland (3/29/2014). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

A Sika Deer on Assateague Island, Maryland (2/9/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Sika Deer in Worcester Co., Maryland (11/11/2017). Photo by Dave Kidwell. (MBP list)

Sika Deer in Worcester Co., Maryland (3/26/2017). Photo by Tom Ostrowski. (MBP list)

Sika Deer documented by trail cam in Kent Co., Maryland (10/16/2014). This is our northernmost record of the species for the project at this time. Photo by Donnie Forgan. (MBP list)


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