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 Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)




Mule Deer | Odocoileus hemionus photo
Mule Deer buck

Photograph by tuchodi (Gerry). Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Mule Deer | Odocoileus hemionus photo
Mule Deer north of Tucson., Arizona.

Photograph by Erin and Lance Willett. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Mule Deer | Odocoileus hemionus photo
Mule deer in fruit orchard - Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Photograph by James Phelps. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

MULE DEER FACTS

Description
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.

Size
Length: males 1.3-1.7 m; females 1.3-1.6 m

Environment
Found in wide range of habitats including desert, savanna, grassland, forest and mountains.

Food
leaves and twigs of trees and shrubs. also eats acorns, legume seeds, and fleshy fruits, including berries

Breeding
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.

Range
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.

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Cervidae
Genus:Odocoileus
Species:hemionus
Common Name:Mule Deer


Relatives in same Genus
  White-tailed Deer (O. virginianus)