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Rare deer spotted at Exeter cemetery

By Echonews  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

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A Muntjac deer has been spotted in Exeter's Higher Cemetery.

It is believed to be the first seen in the city.

The animal has been identified by cemetery workers and wildlife watcher Brian Bower whose home overlooks the cemetery.

Mr Bower said: "We spotted the deer, which is very distinctive. It may well have come down from Stoke Woods. It is the first we have seen in there although there is lots of wildlife about including a number of foxes."

Muntjac were first introduced from China to Woburn Park in Bedfordshire in the early 20th century. Deliberate releases and escapes  lead to feral populations establishing. Their rapid spread across England and Wales has been facilitated by deliberate movement and release by humans.

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