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(Female) Mule Deer

Odocoileus hemionus

Description:

Female deer with gray, brown and white markings. The tail is white with a black tip on the end. "The mule deer is the larger of the two Odocoileus species, with a height averaging about 40–42 inches (100–110 cm) at the shoulders and a nose-to-tail length of about 80 inches (200 cm). Adult bucks normally weigh 150–300 pounds (68–140 kg), although trophy specimens may weigh around 450 pounds (200 kg); does weigh around 125–175 pounds (57–79 kg)." - Wikipedia

Habitat:

Residential yard near Horsetooth Reservoir. "Mule deer are generally more associated with the land west of the Missouri River, and more specifically with the Rocky Mountain region of North America. Mule deer have also been introduced to Kauai (Hawaii) and Argentina" - Wikipedia

Notes:

"In winter, these deer forage on conifers (especially Douglas-fir, cedar, Taxus yews, juniper), and twigs of deciduous trees and shrubs (esp. aspen, willow, dogwood, serviceberry, and sage). In season, they eat acorns and apples. Over much of the species range, snow and ice cover many food sources and the food that is accessible grows slower. The deer's metabolism slows and individuals become less active to survive in an environment with less food. The major enemies of this deer are humans driving automobiles or hunting them, and their top predators are large carnivores such as mountain lions, black bears and coyotes." - Wikipedia

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10 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

I agree! Thank you rflow246

rflow246
rflow246 8 years ago

Awsome! those deers are beautiful.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Thank you erikcoser! These deer were wonderful models!

erikcoser
erikcoser 8 years ago

Amazing shot!!! I love it!!!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Thank you!

Art Aldrich
Art Aldrich 8 years ago

Great capture!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

You're welcome! I'm glad I was able to go back there on holiday and find them :)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Thank you Francis!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Thanks Arun

Arun
Arun 8 years ago

cool .. nice capture !!

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jan 5, 2012
Submitted on Jan 12, 2012

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