The Kamoshika is rare to see and the Japanese get quite excited when they come across one of them especially in the wild. This might be so in most of Japan however if you spend a bit of time in Hakuba you will see that they are quite prevalent in the area. The rabbits here leave a distinct trail with their 5 prints in the snow however the Kamoshika will plow through at quite a speed creating a deep gouge. The Nihon kamoshika also known as the Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus or Naemorhedus crispus), looks like a cross between a goat and a deer and belongs to the bovine family. They are found mostly in dense woodlands on the main island of Honshu. They stand 60 to 90 centimetres at the shoulder, weigh up to 130 kilograms and are mottled brown with white and black underneath which tends to match the trees here so they can be difficult to spot. Their fur is quite dense and bristley to stand up to the toughest of winter conditions. Both sexes have short 10 centimetre horns, which curve backwards. Keep an eye out for them in the tree’s and you may be lucky to see mum, dad and babies wandering around making their own fresh tracks. I have seen them within all of the 9 resorts here in Hakuba.