Deer, or Milou, as a species is totally extinct in the wild. A French
missionary named Father Armand David first discovered these deer in the
Chinese Emperors hunting park, south of Peking in 1865. He sent specimens
to Europe the following year and a breeding herd was later set up by the
Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey.
Chinese herd was destroyed during the revolution in 1900. But the herd
in England was successful and increased in size and eventually their descendents
found their way into parks and zoos. Eventually some their offspring found
their selves on some of the ranches in this country. This seeding of animals
has grown on some ranches into herds large enough to sustain a huntable
David has a longish tail and stands about 45 inches at the shoulder. Their
color is a reddish gray, with a white undersides and a white ring around
the eyes. A large male will weigh up to 400 pounds with the female going
up to 200 pounds.
configuration is different in the Pere David than in most deer. Their
horns have forked brow tines and long slender back horns sometimes with
many points off them.
Steve Mahurin on August 28, 2000.