Sika deer spreading to new parts of country:report
The population of Sika deer or Japanese deer are expanding their population and territory in a way which is putting the native deer population at risk, the daily Lidové Noviny reports on Saturday. The population of the deer, introduced 125 years ago, is rising by around 400 a year and is now pushing into Moravia and the Šumava National Park. The Sika deer has previously been well established in Western Bohemia. It is reckoned to be more adaptable than the native deer but also does more damage to woodland because it feeds on younger plants and trees.