Abundance and population genetics of Hog Deer (Axis porcinus) in Victoria


P.D. Moloney and J.S. Flesch



Hog Deer (Axis porcinus) were introduced into Victoria in the 1860s but are currently largely confined to the coastal areas of south and east Gippsland. Hog Deer are a highly valued games species, and because of their relative rarity there is some concern among hunters that the Hog Deer population is in decline due to factors such as illegal hunting and loss of habitat.


This study aimed to estimate the abundance and distribution of Hog Deer across their range as well as investigate the genetics of the Hog Deer population to examine genetic diversity, population structure and connectivity between local populations as well as effective population size.

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