Three female and three male sika deer, which originate from East Asia, were liberated in the central North Island in 1905. By 1925 the herd had built up and the first stalking season commenced. Sika are found in around 6,000 square kilometres of the central North Island. They are popular with hunters, and during the 1990s some were illegally introduced to other forested areas of the North Island, where they have formed small populations. The Department of Conservation has eradicated some of these populations.
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