The Kashmir musk deer was thought to have become extinct. However, scientist have spotted the Fanged deer for the first time in more than 60 years in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. Loss of habitat and poaching have driven the Kashmir musk deer to the brink of extinction. After this sighting, only a handful are thought to remain alive in the wild.
Musk deer are of interest to poachers because of their scent glands which can be used to make perfume. Their scent glands can fetch around $20, 000 US per pound in the black market.
The fangs are used during mating season to attract females and ward off rivals. Only males have fangs.