The Sika is a resident of the UK, though as the name suggests, they are not native to Europe but Asia. They are probably regarded as the top cervine pest in the UK for a number of reasons. They can reproduce quickly once established and their preference for being nocturnal and a liking for dense commercial forestry makes it hard to assess numbers. Also they cause massive damage to young trees anywhere they are. Add to this their proclivity to hybridise with the native red deer (cervus elaphus) and they are at the top of the hit list for conservationists and forest managers alike. In some parts of Scotland in particular, this hybridisation is a major issue, requiring action at government level. It is also a major problem in Ireland.
Sika can be found throughout the UK, from Scotland’s far north to Dorset in various populations, most of which were established by escapees from parks or deliberate releases. In areas where they exist they are heavily managed. Some wish to eliminate them completely, others prefer management and containment, but either way they have to be controlled.
Further reading here on Japanese Sika:
White (Leucistic) stags and deer of any species are often lorded and spoken of as an “untouchable” a creature of legend and folklore, but in reality to the responsible deer manager, the health and welfare of the wider herd is the main priority, along with the protection of the habitat they all live on, the individual white stag will be managed along with the rest of the herd. Only when the management strategy dictates (which usually means the stag is past its prime, injured or becoming a problem in some other way, such as causing damage to crops etc.), will it be culled from the herd, as will most deer that don’t ultimately either die of disease, starve or get run over.
Leucistic Japanese Sika Stag taxidermy
The white stag shown is wild Sika. For management reasons this 8 point stag was taken quite late in the season, well after the rut and this meant that its coat was not in the best of condition. Likewise the antlers have lost the rich dark patina and ivory tips of a stag in his prime and appear “bleached out” by rain and sun. The coat was filthy and somewhat dishevelled from wallowing and rubbing and heavily scarred from many hard fights, so it took several washes to get it clean enough to mount.
This Sika stag is mounted as an offset shoulder mount going to the right, looking over his right shoulder at the viewer. It is on an altered basic commercial form.
The mount consists of the following components:
THIS MOUNT IS A COMMISSIONED PIECE AND IS NOT FOR SALE.