ニホンカモシカ displayed as Japanese Serow when searched. This animal, which exists in Miyazaki Prefecture, is said to be on the verge of extinction.
The top photo is a Japanese Serow that I met last year.
I was told by a researcher that there are about 200 of them inhabiting Kyushu. It seems that there are various factors such as an increase in deer and environmental changes in the forest.
I have been walking through the forests of Miyazaki Prefecture for over 15 years in search of this animal, which is like a guardian deity of the forest, but I met it for the first time last year.
Walking in the headwaters
I met a Japanese serow when I was fishing in the headwaters with a guide friend.
While enjoying fly-fishing, I went upstream in the valley and caught a beautiful Yamame trout, then met it on the way down the mountain.
After a severe typhoon
This valley is collapsing every year. And Miyazaki Prefecture had a big typhoon last year, so I’m worried if I can go upstream this year.
Still, if I have the chance, I would like to visit this valley again and see the beautiful trout and scenery.
And I hope to meet the Japanese Serow again.
If you walk through the forests of Miyazaki Prefecture, you may come across a very rare Japanese serow there. Knowing that it is rare is something that increases the excitement when you come across it.