SIA0609: Black-tailed Deer

Common Name:Black-tailed Deer
Scientific Name:Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis
Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2004 Calvin J. Hamilton
Location:Olympic National Park, Washington

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The Black-tailed deer is found only in the humid forests of the Northwest. It has the large ears and the Y forking horns of the Mule deer, but is much smaller. The tail is black above with only a narrow fringe of white at the edges and there is no white rump-patch as with the mule deer. The tail of the white-tailed deer is black above also but there is a much wider fringe of white and the antlers branch not in Y's but as single tines from a heavier beam.

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