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Whitetail Deer

Odocoileus virgnianus
Whitetail deer buck with large antlers crossing Mission Creek.  Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer/USFWS
Contrary to its name, you will not see the whitetail deer’s white tail unless it is running away from you. Then it will raise its long, brown tail and flash the white underside. Whitetail deer antlers have a single beam that sweeps forward from the head with individual antler tines coming off the top of the beam. But this can only be seen on the males as females do not grow antlers.

They frequent the riparian areas along Mission 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. 

Facts About Whitetail Deer

Size
Male 250-275 pounds
Female 160-180 pounds
Diet
Browser – bushes and forbs
Lifespan
15 years
Reproduction
Breeds November
Young (1-2, sometimes 3), born June
Viewing
Early mornings, evenings along Mission Creek, in Day Use Area 

Last Updated: Feb 05, 2013
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