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Chamois

Among the large animals of the Hohe Tauern, the diurnal, goat-like chamois that can be most often observed. Its summer coat is rust-brown, while in winter it turns blackish-brown. Both sexes have horns. The tuft of chamois hair worn as a hat decoration is made from the dark spinal stripe of fur.Frequently, the females and fawns live together in packs led by an old she-goat. Social cohesion in a pack may vary strongly with the seasons. The younger bucks also form packs while the older bucks live highly solitary lives. It's only at breeding time in November that the bucks join the herds. Rival bucks often get into fierce fight over territory.

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