Hope for the Huemul

Hope for the Huemul Photo
In Chile, the Huemul deer earns national recognition as part of the country’s coat of arms, but the animals themselves are scarcely seen. Hunting and habitat loss have caused their numbers to plummet to just 2,500 in the wild.

But a recent study by Cambridge, WCS and CONAF, the Chilean national forestry commission, offers hope for the Huemul. The deer appear to be returning to areas of Patagonia from which they had completely disappeared.

Efforts to control the spread of cattle farming and ongoing work to reduce poaching led to a resurgence of Huemul deer in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, covering more than 8 million acres at the southern tip of South America.

Alejandro Vila

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