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White-tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus

Description:

White-tailed deer vary in size across their range with the smallest subspecies living in southern Florida and ranging to animals that on the average are twice that size in the northern part of their range. They are reddish brown in the summer and tend toward gray/brown in the winter. Males are larger than females and have forked antlers that are shed and regrown annually.

Habitat:

Forested areas of North America, but ranging as far south as northern South America. Increasingly common in suburban areas.

Notes:

I set up a trail camera in my backyard a couple of years ago and first recorded video of this buck over a year ago. In that video he has a badly broken front leg. Swinging from his antlers is a large bird feeder. Apparently he had either been injured and was finding easy food in the feeder or had been feeding out of the feeder when the suspending chain became entangled in his antlers and he injured himself trying to escape it. Fortunately he managed to get rid of the bird feeder, perhaps when he shed his antlers, but he still had the broken leg. I see him fairly frequently as he often beds down in the back of my yard. He still can't use his leg and it keeps him from moving freely. Still, it's good to see that he has survived two winters, including one very harsh one with this significant injury. It's a cautionary tale to keep bird feeders high enough that deer can't reach them.

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5 Comments

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 5 years ago

awesome shot Gordon! it wish i could favorite it twice. ;)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 5 years ago

HA! I just missed that field.... Thanks for noticing. We actually had flurries here about two weeks ago. Fortunately the ground is warm enough none of it stuck for very long.... I'm really ready for spring. Six months of snow is one very long winter for us....

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 5 years ago

Ah! The date is today so that's why I asked.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 5 years ago

Even though this is the winter that would not end, the snow is finally gone. I'm just catching up from photos that I took this winter....grin.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 5 years ago

You still have snow there?!

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Roseville, Minnesota, USA

Lat: 45.00, Long: -93.12

Spotted on Mar 23, 2014
Submitted on May 4, 2014

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