Sitka Black-tailed Deer

Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis
Deer in pushki
Sitka Black-tailed deer were introduced to Kodiak in 1924, and are a favorite game species for hunters. Their population is healthy, and they can often be seen on the road-system around the city of Kodiak, as well as in the Refuge. They have a reddish-brown coat in the summer and a brownish gray coloring in the winter. Deer populations on Kodiak spend the summer and fall actively foraging on shrubs and herbaceous vegetation, building up their fat stores for the winter months when food is limited and deep snows restrict forage options. Their breeding season peaks in mid-late November, and does typically produce two fawns annually between the ages of five to ten years.

Facts About Sitka Black-tailed Deer

Diet: herbivore
Size: 80 lbs (does) - 120 lbs (bucks)
Life Span: about 10 years
Estimated population: 30,000-50,000 on the Archipelago