|Lives in woods, although it may venture into grasslands
and sparse forests.
They feed mainly on grass, leaves, berries, and young shoots. They
particularly like very young, tender grass with a high moisture
content, i.e., grass that has received rain the day before. Roe deer
will not generally venture into a field that has had or has livestock
(sheep, cattle) in it because the livestock make the grass unclean.
The Roe Deer is territorial, and whilst the territories of a male and a
female might overlap, other roe deer of the same sex are excluded
unless they are the doe's offspring of that year.
Females are sexually receptive only once per year, and after delayed
implantation they usually give birth, after a 10-month gestation period,
of typically two spotted fawns of opposite sexes.
Both the male and the female will ' bark' like a dog when alarmed.
The female will ' whine ' to attract a male during the rut.
July - August
95 - 131 cms.
65 - 75 cms.