Huemul has suffered major human impact long before the arrival of the earliest explorers
who wrote down the first impressions and descriptions.
As a result, early writings cannot be taken at face value, but need to be understood
in relation to prevailing knowledge at that time:
- rudimentary knowledge about biology and ecology (compared to today)
- absence of knowledge about circumstances prior to the explorer’s visit.
There was a long gap of time between initial descriptions and some detailed studies
more recently, and thus there is a very short list of published information. It lead
unfortunately to the uncritical repetition of early statements which may be erroneous.