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Mule Deer

Odocoileus hemionus

Description:

The most noticeable differences between whitetails and mule deer are the size of their ears, the color of their tails, and the configuration of their antlers. In many cases, body size is also a key difference. The mule deer's tail is black-tipped, whereas the whitetail's is not. Mule deer antlers are bifurcated; in other words, they "fork" as they grow, rather than branching from a single main beam, as is the case with whitetails. Each spring, after mating season, a buck's antlers start to regrow almost immediately after the old antlers are shed. Shedding typically takes place in mid February, with variations occurring by locale. Although capable of running, mule deer often prefer to stot, with all four feet coming down together. Black-tailed deer have also been introduced to Kauai (Hawaii). (Wikipedia)

Habitat:

Shrub-steppe with some trees.

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2 Comments

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

A mule deer Stotting! Awesome!

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

great shot!

Steve Lenz
Spotted by
Steve Lenz

Pasco, Washington, USA

Spotted on Mar 3, 2012
Submitted on Sep 28, 2012

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