The Red Deer Cervus elaphus (Fr. Cerf élaphe) population in the Touraine Loire Valley is thriving. I rarely see the animals themselves though. Just the evidence of their activities.
|Red deer tracks.|
|Damage to the bark of these pine trees, indicated by the reddish patches, is caused by the stags rubbing their foreheads and antlers on the trunks, to remove velvet, scent mark and strengthen neck muscles.|
|Red Deer stag on the Chambord estate, photographed a few years ago.|