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ROE DEER

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ROE DEER

It is the smallest species of deers. During the winter it can be seen in lower altitudes, while in the summer it moves higher depending on the availability of and the quantity of food. It can live in various forest habitats (deciduous or mixed conifer forests) and occurs in big numbers in central and northern Europe. In Greece, only small populations of roe deer have been left at the mountainous regions of the mainland. The species is now characterized as 'vulnerable', meaning that if it continues being exterminated it will soon face extinction.

ROE DEER

  • Illegal hunting.
  • Degradation of its natural habitat due to human activity such as illegal felling.

ROE DEER

  • The doe deer is crepuscular. It is active mostly in the morning and the afternoon in search for food.
  • In case of bad weather conditions, such as heavy rain or strong wind, it protects itself in the dense vegetation and does not go out to feed.
  • It can develop high speed but for a short time because of the small capacity of its lungs.
  • It can see, listen and swim very well.
  • It feeds of leaves and twigs of shrubs, helping to maintain 'openings' in the forest in order for the undergrowth to be able to develop.
  • Male doe deer mark their territories and defend them by giving spectacular fights with their antlers.
  • The male doe deer's antlers fall during the autumn and regrow at the end of the winter.
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