Funding for this research was provided by:
Jiangsu Provincial Key Research and Development Program (2017YFD0501200)
Received: 8 July 2020
Accepted: 24 November 2020
First Online: 3 December 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was approved by the Animal Ethics Committee of Yangzhou University and the sample collection was permitted by Ethics Committee of Dafeng Elk National Natural Reserve. All Père David’s deer were handled in accordance with good animal practices required by the Animal Ethics Procedures and Guidelines of the People’s Republic of China.
: Not applicable.
: All authors declare that they have no competing interests.