Reeves’s Muntjac (Muntjac deer) Muntiacus reevesi
Photo credit: GBNNSS
- Appearance: Small, dog-sized thickset deer with relatively short legs, reddish brown coat with cream coloured belly, males have short antlers and long upper canine teeth
- Biology: Breed all year round, has distinctive barking sound.
- Diet: Woodland herbs, garden plants, fungi, berries, grasses, nuts and may eat tree bark and eggs.
- Impact: Negative impact on woodland, forestry and gardens, cause of road traffic accidents.
- Pathway: May have escaped or been deliberately released into the wild.
- Legal status: Species of special concern listed under the retained EU Regulation 1143/2014 and the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement & Permitting) Order 2019.
- Unless you have a licence or permit or an exemption applies you must not:
- keep them in your house, garden or business
- sell them to other people
- exchange them for goods
- release them into the environment
- let them breed or escape
- import them into the UK
- transport them within the UK
- export them to other countries
- What to do if you see Muntjac deer for sale or other offences being committed: Make a report by following the guidance here.
- What to do if you see this animal in the wild: Record it with a photograph (where possible).