Mule Deer in Banff National Park / cerf mulet dans le parc national de Banff
Big Mule deer in Upper Arthur's parking lot at Lory State Park.
This scat was found on duff in a woodland on the edge of grassland. It was under approximately 50% canopy cover. The scat was between 0.5 and 0.9 cm in diameter on the longer side. The pieces are elliptical but came together to form a pile. It was dark brown, almost black, and had seeds scattered throughout.
The mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is a deer indigenous to western North America; it is named for its ears, which are large like those of the mule. There are believed to be several subspecies, including the black-tailed deer. However, some genetic studies have indicated that mule deer may have developed relatively recently through the interbreeding of white-tailed and black-tailed deer, which may have evolved from white-tailed deer thousands of years ago. Unlike the related white-tailed deer...