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Research Shows that Formosan Sambar Deers Consume Leftovers from Hiking Activities - Taroko National Park Headquarters Asks that Hikers Must Not Leave Behind Any Food in the Mountains

Last year, Taroko National Park Headquarters commissioned Pingtung University of Science and Technology to conduct evaluations on the impact of visitor activities on medium and large mammals in mountain areas. The research found that the level of impact visitors created on most mammal species’ active times, distributions, populations, and behaviors were relatively low, except for sambar deers.

The Formosan sambar deer is a cathemeral wild animal species. After hikers go into the mountain cabins or tents to rest at night, the sambar deers will approach the surrounding area to take in minerals from human feces. According to research findings, some sambar deers might have already become accustomed to such foraging method. This matter deserves particular attention because human food is not appropriate for wild animals, and this issue is a threat to the health and natural behaviors of wild Formosan sambar deers.

Taroko National Park Headquarters states that the public is very welcome to step into the National Park to hike, but please put the “mountaineering principles of leaving no traces" into practice; do not leave behind any leftover food and objects; feces must be disposed of properly too.

Research Shows that Formosan Sambar Deers Consume Leftovers from Hiking Activities - Taroko National Park Headquarters Asks that Hikers Must Not Leave Behind Any Food in the Mountains
Research Shows that Formosan Sambar Deers
Consume Leftovers from Hiking Activities -
Taroko National Park Headquarters Asks that Hikers Must
Not Leave Behind Any Food in the Mountains

 

 

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