The roe deer is the easiest of the larger animals to see in the Royal National City Park. When Djurgården was a hunting park in the 17th and 18th centuries it was red deer and fallow deer that were hunted there, not the roe deer.
At the end of the 18th century the roe deer was almost extinct in Sweden, as a result of over-intensive hunting. However, it was made a protected species in the mid-19th century on the estates of Övedskloster in Skåne, and began to pick up again. A further contributing factor was the decrease in large predators at that time. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the roe deer is once again common throughout most parts of Scandinavia.
The roe deer lives on an energy-rich and easily digestible fodder consisting of herbs and the leaves of deciduous trees, making it a rather unwelcome guest in private gardens. It is usually rather tame and not afraid of passers by, but is hard to come really close to. Most tracks are to be found in the less frequented mixed forests on South and North Djurgården. Roe deer can be seen crossing the Lidingövägen road in early mornings on their way across the built-up area of Gärdet to the attractive greenery of South Djurgården and Kaknäs.