Story: Deer and deer farming

Wapiti (North American elk)


Wapiti have been in New Zealand since 1905, when they were released in Fiordland. Many of the first farmed wapiti came from that area. They readily crossbreed with red deer, producing progeny which are larger than red deer and have bigger antlers.

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Ken Drew, 'Deer and deer farming - The beginnings of deer farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008