I noticed this deer as I was leaving campus one evening. It appears that I startled it but I predict it was foraging in the grassy patch where I drove by before it noticed me approaching. The area was quiet with not a lot of activity going on so I assume the deer felt safe to forage under these conditions. This particular deer was travelling in a heard with three others nearby, whom were foraging as I passed. The deer's tail has a black tip which helped me distinguish it from a similar looking white-tailed deer. The particular size and shape of the ears also suggested it to be a mule deer. I suspect this deer to be a female doe since it was relatively smaller in the group yet large enough to not be a fawn.
As this deer was a doe, not a buck, antler shape couldn't be used to help identification. However, the animals large ears, and more importantly tail are sufficient to make the identification. The deer had a thin tail with a black tip, much different than the bushy white of a white-tail deer.
Species: O. hemionus
This deer was seen roaming the coulees surrounding the University of Lethbridge campus. It appeared to be quite calm around people (most likely due to the fact it lives in an area that is highly populated by humans). It was brown with a white tail that had a black tip (which helped to differentiate between a mule vs a whitetail deer).
Found just outside of Markin Hall. The deer seems unfazed by the human activity as it is in a very populated area. It has large mule like ears and a black tipped tail, these details help to distinguish it from a white tailed deer. Lack of antlers suggest this mule deer is a female, and the visible rib cage shows that this deer may be under nourished.
The black tip on tail identifies this deer as a mule deer. Its scientific name is odocoileus hemionus. It is named for its ears, which are large like those of the mule.
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...