Update on the Deer-Wolves

Turns out they’re not magical creatures that cross paths with only the bravest, most gallant and dashing of humans as I once thought. Two sources – Taylor, who has trekked through much of Shichinohe’s forests, and Bob, who spent his workday researching different types of deer – claim that what I saw was the Japanese serow, Capricornis crispus. A shy herbivore, the serow inhabits the mountainous areas of Japan. For decades they were on the verge of extinction, but through conservation efforts their numbers are back and actually over-populated in areas. They have even been declared a Japanese “natural monument”…I guess it isn’t so rare to see one after all.

I still think they have a bit of wolf in them.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by kotonii on February 1, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Because wolves have horns.

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  2. I’ve seen plenty of them… Stuffed and displayed by school entrances. @_@;;

    Random info:

    Did you know that if you find a dead one and report it, some poor city employee will have to investigate the cause of death right away (even if it’s say, 2am on a Sunday morning)? Because they’re Japanese “natural monuments” and therefore a protected species, they have to make sure it died naturally and wasn’t killed by someone…

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  3. Posted by edwap on February 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    my first thought when i saw this picture was, “wow… when did brandon learn to use photoshop?” pretty cool though, i agree, a bit wolfish

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