Fallow deer are a temperate species and less suited to hot conditions than some other introduced deer species. Peak times of feeding activity are at dawn and dusk, but may make more use of open spaces during hours of darkness in areas where they experience frequent disturbance. Typically, fallow deer feed in open, grassy glades or on forest margins. In Australia, forest country with dense understorey is a favoured retreat.
Fallow deer are grazers and browsers. Trees and shrubs are browsed more when feed is scarce. Where fallow are found in agricultural areas they may cause damage to orchards and crops in times of feed shortage.
Fallow deer were introduced into southern Queensland in the later 19th century. The main population is established west of Stanthorpe with scattered populations occurring around Warwick.
Fallow deer are a non-declared animal
|Author||Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, QLD|
|Department||Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries|