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The Indian hog deer (Hyelaphus porcinus) is a species of deer found in South and Southeast Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. It is a medium-sized deer, with a dark brown to black coat and distinctive antlers (in males).
Indian hog deer are known for their agility and are capable of jumping over obstacles and escaping predators. They are herbivores and feed on a variety of vegetation, including leaves, shoots, and grasses.
These deer are primarily solitary animals, but are known to form small groups during the breeding season. They are also known for their vocalizations, including grunts and barks, which they use to communicate with other members of their species.
Indian hog deer populations have declined due to habitat loss, hunting, and competition with domestic livestock. The species is considered to be threatened and is protected by law in many countries. Conservation efforts are underway to protect their habitats and preserve their populations, including measures to control hunting, promote sustainable forestry practices, and support research and monitoring programs.