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The annual mating season in deer (Cervidae). In solitary species (e.g. roe deer, Capreolus capreolus) the male remains with one or more females during the rut. In social deer (e.g. red deer, Cervus elaphus) the males seek to establish a territory into which they entice a harem of females.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.


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