EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Free Range Axis Deer Herd in San Angelo State Park?


SAN ANGELO – The San Angelo State Park is known for its native wildlife and for the famous bison and Official State of Texas Longhorns, but there are more exotic animals ranging along the North Concho River near O.C. Fisher reservoir just west of San Angelo. 

Hunters and frequent visitors to the park report sitings of individual exotic Axis deer but there is what appears to be a breeding herd of Axis there.  

Watch exclusive video below: 

According to sources, Axis deer are not native to Texas.  They were introduced in the 1930s to the United States.  Axis are common on high fenced exotic game ranches across Texas and all around the Concho Valley.  

According to the Texas Invasive Species Institute, Axis deer (Axis axis) are easily identified by an orange coat with white spots similar to a whitetail fawn. Mature males and females have white patches on their throat while only mature males have antlers with an average of 6 points per antler. Female axis deer do not grow antlers and have a mature body size of 90 to 150 lbs while males weigh an average of 150 to 250 pounds. Behavior of axis deer is nearly identical to native whitetail deer with majority of activity occurring at dusk and dawn. Herds are comprised of males and females of various ages throughout the year.

See the picture gallery of Axis deer in the San Angelo State Park below: 

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