White-tailed Deer Mini Journal

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White-tailed Deer

One of the most abundant large mammals in North America, the white-tailed deer, ranges over most of the continent. White-tails are more plentiful today than when Europeans first settled in the New World. The cutting of forests and farming have favored deer populations as deer are offered more resources in fields and wood’s edges than deep forests.

Early morning and dusk are usually the time of peak activity. Browse of trees and shrubs are favorite food sources over grasses although corn and alfalfa are also eaten. Male deer, or bucks, grow a new set of antlers each year. The number of points and the size of the rack is more an indication of nutrition than age. The female, or doe, gives birth to 1-4 spotted fawns in the late spring. The fawns are placed in the woods or fields by the doe. She returns only to nurse them. Their spotted coats and habit of lying still protects them from most harm. At 3 weeks of age fawns begin to follow the doe. By early fall the fawn’s spots disappear.

artwork by Sandy Williams © 2010

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