Seen on a walk near Grasmere in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, NW England.
The Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. It inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor and parts of western and central Asia. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains region between Morocco and Tunisia in northwestern Africa, being the only species of deer to inhabit Africa. Red Deer have been introduced to other areas including Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. In many parts of the world the meat (venison) from Red Deer is used as a food source.
The elk, or wapiti (Cervus canadensis) of North America is almost identical to red deer,of which they were long believed to be a subspecies; however, mitochondrial DNA evidence from 2004 strongly suggests they are a distinct species (source Wikipedia)
It should be noted that the Red Deer was originally a woodland creature, but in Scotland it is known as a creature of the open hills and glens,and also in the north of the Lake District where the deer around Martindale roam the fells from one valley to the next, whereas in the south of the English Lake District, the red deer of the Furness fells tend to favour woodland as that area is still very heavily wooded.
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