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The marsh deer (Blastocerus dichotomus) is a species of deer found in South America, primarily in wetland and marshy habitats. It is a large species of deer, with a reddish-brown coat and long legs adapted for navigating through wetland habitats. The males have large, complex antlers.
Marsh deer are herbivores and feed on a variety of vegetation, including aquatic plants, grasses, and shrubs. They are known to be solitary animals and are primarily active at night.
Marsh deer populations have declined due to habitat loss, hunting, and competition with livestock. The species is considered to be endangered and is protected by law in some countries. Conservation efforts are underway in some areas to protect their habitats and preserve their populations, including measures to control hunting, promote sustainable land use practices, and support research and monitoring programs.