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Mule deer

Odocoileus hemionus


browny grey! and large ears?


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I thought this was one of local deer but his ears threw me?

2 Species ID Suggestions

MaryEvans2 12 years ago
Whitetail Deer
Odocoileus virginianus White-tailed deer
shebebusynow 12 years ago
Mule deer
Odocoileus hemionus

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CerepNick 12 years ago

It looks like whitetail to me

KarenL 12 years ago


EmilyMarino 12 years ago

Our mule deer in Colorado have their thick winter coat right now so I may not be much help. What I do know is whitetails are usually a little browner in color and the mulies are more grayish this time of year. Whitetails are also supposed to have lighter eye markings and more distinct light patches on their muzzle than the mule deer. Mule deer also have their characteristic dark forehead patch and huge ears.

I have no idea with this guy! He is a stockier build and has big ears which makes me think mule deer, but he doesn't have the forehead patch! I'd love to know what others think!

MaryEvans2 12 years ago

Our whitetails have large ears like this. The facial features remind me more of a whitetail than a mule deer - but then again, the deer in Oregon probably look a bit different than those here in Florida. would be much easier to tell if we could only see her tail :) wonderful photo and spotting!

TrishPeake 12 years ago

thankyou shebebusynow I thought it was but thats the first one I have seen here!

TrishPeake 12 years ago

Thankyou Atul, he just gazed at me and enjoyed having his picture taken.!

shebebusynow 12 years ago

Mule deer have exceptionally large ears. There are subspecies; the ones I spotted in Victoria are a little different from our Oregon coastal ones, but you get the idea:

Atul 12 years ago

nice one!

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Oregon, USA

Spotted on Feb 2, 2012
Submitted on Feb 23, 2012

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