IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)

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"The musk, the contents of the abdominal gland, is only developed at the rutting-season, and is a brown soft mass with a peculiar well-known odour. An ounce is about the average produce of one animal. Many musk-deer are snared in nooses, others shot to secure the """"musk-pod,"""" which is an article of commerce. The flesh of the animal is excellent, and free from any musky flavour. The musk is milky for the first year or two, afterwards granular : the dung of the males smells of musk, but the body does not, and females do not in the slightest degree. The flesh is dark red and not musky, and the young is considered to be the best venison in India."


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