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CONWAY, Missouri- Dairy farmers in Conway say a Red Stag deer was harvested. This is their Facebook post:

 

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“Exciting evening on the farm tonight! Jeff thought he shot a big deer until he came up on it and discovered this was not a normal buck, he actually thought it was an elk! Jeff contacted the conservation who then came out and confirmed this is a red stag deer! They then informed us we could keep it and did not have to tag it because it was considered an exotic animal and do with it what we wanted! With much excitement we contacted our taxidermist to let him know what we were bringing in, but within minutes we received a call from the conservation agents telling us Jefferson City wanted the deer for DNA testing to find out where it came from! The agents allowed us to take pictures, which is why it is dark, before taking the deer. We now have to fight Jefferson City to get the head back so we can mount it!”

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The Red deer has a long history in Britain says Wildlife Online, one of only two native deer species in the UK, it’s a beast highly prized by hunters, naturalists, artists, poets and photographers alike. Renowned Scottish artist Archibald Thorburn summed up the situation nicely in his 1920 book British Mammals, in which he wrote that the Red deer “is unquestionably the grandest wild animal we now possess in the British Islands.”