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Estonian Journal of Ecology

Roe deer population and harvest changes in Europe; pp. 169–180

Full article in PDF format | doi: 10.3176/eco.2009.3.02

Lina Burbaitė, Sándor Csányi

Roe deer is the most abundant cervid species occurring in most of Europe. It has an increasing economic, cultural, and ecological importance. Therefore roe deer research programmes are essential for sustainable use of this species.
Our purpose was to analyse the changes in the roe deer population and harvest in Europe on the basis of available game management information. For this study we used published data for 1984 and the early 2000s. During these two decades the reported roe deer numbers (spring population) increased from 6.2 to 9.5 million and hunting bag from 1.7 to 2.7 million individuals. The population size (density) and hunting bag of roe deer increased almost all over Europe, but especially in its western part. The real population size may be around 1.5 times larger than the official data say.


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