Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
Saw a Black-tailed Deer in a residential area with thick tree cover, mostly pines, at 5pm. It was sunny with no wind and approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The deer was entirely brown on its torso and head. A large black spot covered a majority of the deer's tail, no white was visible, which is how I differentiated it from a Mule deer.Also black tailed deer are more commonly found in wooded areas, such as this one, than Mule deer.
The deer was moving along the edge of the back yards, grazing on bushes that were used as fencing. It seemed small in comparison to an adult deer, so it seems likely that it was a juvenile. I am surprised that there weren't other deer around, since most of the time I see deer they are traveling in groups unless the deer is male. Perhaps this is a juvenile male?
Richard showed us this skeleton while walking on the trail.
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...