Mule Deer Trio 2003

Mule Deer 2003

Near Emigrant Meadow Lake 2003

Emigrant Wilderness, Emigrant Meadow Lake 2003

I was returning from a short hike to a bluff above Emigrant Meadow Lake, heard a rustling above me and these three struck a pose.

The Mule Deer color ranges from dark brownish gray to pale gray to brown. It has a pale rump patch of white or yellow, and a white throat patch. The tail is white and usually has tuft of black on the end.

Length: males 1.3-1.7 m; females 1.3-1.6 m

Found in wide range of habitats including desert, savanna, grassland, forest and mountains.

leaves and twigs of trees and shrubs. also eats acorns, legume seeds, and fleshy fruits, including berries

One or two calves are born after gestation of 200 days. The young weight 2 to 5 kg at birth. Young are fully weaned at about 16 weeks.

Most of western parts of North America. The eastern edge of the usual range extends from southwestern Saskatchewan through central North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and western Texas.

The most noticeable differences between white-tailed 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; they "fork" as they grow, rather than branching from a single main beam, as is the case with whitetails. Each spring, 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 are often seen stotting (also called pronking), with all four feet coming down together. Black-tailed deer have also been introduced to Kauai, Hawaii.

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