WILD RED DEER IN SCOTLAND COULD BE LOST

METRO.CO.UK

Wild red deer in Scotland could be lost for ever if they keep breeding with a foreign species.

In some areas, as many as 40 per cent of the population are mixed with the Japanese sika deer, brought to the country in the 19th century, scientists say.

‘The extent of cross-breeding we uncovered is worrying,’ said researcher Helen Senn from the University of Edinburgh.

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