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Mule Deer

(Odocoileus hemionus)
Two large mule deer bucks with heads up gazing into distance.  Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer/USFWS
Named for its very large ears, this western deer is commonly found in the brushy draws and hills along Pauline Creek. Deer are browsers, feeding on the tips of bushes as well as various forbs (flowers). Like most ungulates, they are most active during the early morning and again towards evening.

Mule deer have a white rump with a short white tail with a black tip (giving it its other name of Blacktail deer). Another distinguishing trait is the way the antlers branch – they split, then each branch splits again. But this can only be seen on the males as females do not grow antlers.

Facts About Mule Deer

Size
Male 250-275 pounds
Female 160-180 pounds
Diet
Browser – bushes and forbs
Lifespan
15 years
Reproduction
Breeding November
Young (1-2, sometimes 3) born in June
Viewing
Early mornings and in evenings along Pauline Creek, forests 
Last Updated: Feb 05, 2013
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