2013-08-08 / Front Page

Residents report more fallow deer

Readers have turned up another photo documenting European fallow deer in Mariposa County.

The photo that appears with this update was posted on the GAZETTE's Facebook page on Aug. 12 by Shelly Sprague Jouett. The photo was taken by Sprague's husband off Agua Fria Road this past spring.

The presence of the European deer in Mariposa County seems to be a recent development. According to a 2012 California Fish and Wildlife report, only about 500 of the deer were known to be in the entire state--most around Point Reyes National Recreation Area. Additional fallow deer have been documented in Mendocino County.

Other recent reports, however, identify a lice infestation in California's black-tailed deer in Yosemite National Park and Tuolumne County. Some biologists believe the lice were introduced here by the fallow deer.

Readers are asked to forward any unusual deer photographs to editor Erik Skindrud at Erik@mariposagazette.com.

Look for the results of a continuing investigation on the issue in the Aug. 22 MARIPOSA GAZETTE.

Photo courtesy of Shelly Sprague Jouett.Photo courtesy of Shelly Sprague Jouett.

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