Black-tailed deer

Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
Black-tailed deer have a distinctive dark forehead and black tail/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach
A subspecies of the mule deer found in the coastal regions of Washington and Oregon, the black-tailed deer has a mostly black tail and a dark forehead. A common site at dusk and dawn, these deer feed in the in-between spaces of young forests, shrubs and grassland edges. If startled, black-tailed deer often break into a bouncing, pogo-stick-like gate called “pronking” or “stotting” that allows the deer to move quickly and safely over brushy vegetation and fences.

Facts About Black-tailed deer

Can snort, grunt, cough, roar and whistle

Also called “Columbian deer”

Often lies down to rest or chew its cud