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White-Tailed DeerWhite-Tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus

Average size: Males weigh between 150 and 300 pounds and females weigh between 90 and 200 pounds. 6 to 7.75 ft (1.8 to 2.4 m)

Average lifespan: 6 to 14 years

Range/distribution Map:

Range Map

Habitat description: prefer open woodland, but are often found on the fringes of urban areas and in farming country, but desert species can occur in most habitats within 10 miles of a water source. They often enter human inhabited areas and feast on flowers and grass as well as regularly getting a drink from man's abundant water supplies.

Behavior, especially diet: They are browsers feeding on twigs, leaves, bark, shrubs, the fruits and nuts of most vegetation, as well as lichens and other fungi. White-tail deer are the most nervous and shy of our deer. White-tail deer feed mainly from before dawn until several hours after, and again from late afternoon until dusk.

Current news/event & conservation status: White Tailed deer in many states are suffering from a disease called Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) also called Bluetounge (BT) that is transmitted by biting flies.  They are currently not endangered.

"White-tailed” refers to the white underside of the deer’s tail, which it displays and wags when it senses danger.

White tailed deer are territorial and they can go the extent of starving themselves instead of leaving the territory in search of food.