Nonnatives - Sambar Deer

Sambar Deer - Cervus unicolor

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

Introduced onto St. Vincent Island, Franklin County in 1908. Deer have thrived on the island, and occasional escapees have caused no serious problems. Regulated hunting is used to control the population.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
FRANKLIN 1908   At least 10 years  

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