Sun, 05 Dec 2021

DUBLIN, Ireland: A native Red stag believed to be the largest in Ireland has been photographed in a remote area of Killarney National Park.

The stag is estimated to be 550 pounds and some six feet in height, including his antlers, according to the Irish Deer Commission.

Officials also report that the stag has 21 points on its antlers. This compares to 12 points for a stag's antlers on the lowland, Damien Hannigan of the IDC told RTE news.

Officials have named the stag 'The Grand Master', estimating him to be seven to nine years old.

The stag was spotted with a herd of a dozen females in an upland area of the park.

The photo of the giant stag was taken by retired conservation ranger Peter O'Toole.

The Irish Deer Commission has since appealed to the public not to go in search of the stag.

"There is tremendous excitement among those of us in the deer world regarding this red stag," Hannigan said, according to RTE.

"This is a remote location. We would ask people to admire the photograph, but not to go in search of him and to give him privacy."

Additionally, park rangers have been placed on alert in case the stag is stalked by hunters in the remote region of the park.

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