"Fallow deer were originally native to Asia Minor, Macedonia, and the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. They were prized for their high-quality venison and thrived in captivity. Fallow deer were introduced here by the Hillman Land Company around 1918. The fallow deer herd in Land Between the Lakes (LBL) is probably the oldest established population of fallow deer in the United States.
"Fallow deer are smaller than native white-tailed deer, and somewhat shorter and stockier in appearance. Their color varies more than that of any other deer species, ranging from solid white to almost black. Those with coloration similar to that of white-tailed deer usually can be distinguished by the spotted coat and distinct black tail."
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