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Mule Deer
Odocoileus hemionus





credit: Christina Bergquist/CCSA


Ears are larger and tail is smaller than that of the White-tailed Deer. Males have dichotomously branching antlers that are usually shed in January and regrow over the summer. The tail is large and black in coastal subspecies, smaller with a black tip in interior subspecies. Interior animals are pale brown or tan in the winter with a large white rump patch, while coastal animals are darker and grayer with a smaller white rump patch. All races are rusty red in new summer coat. Fawns are reddish with white spots. There is a V-shaped dark mark from the point between the eyes, upward and laterally, especially in males.

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