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North American Animals - mamals, birds, reptiles, insects
Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
Mule Deer buck
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Mule Deer north of Tucson., Arizona.
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Mule deer in fruit orchard - Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
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MULE DEER FACTSDescription
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.
Relatives in same Genus
White-tailed Deer (O. virginianus)