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Mark Heatherington / 1,507 items
This veteran buck has spent much of his life around my property. Other than the fall rut, I would spot him at least a couple times a month. I'm a little concerned as I have not seen him since the fall hunting season and rut. Hope he is well...

Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) Buck

"The black-tailed deer is one of nine subspecies of the mule deer. It was first recorded by the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06.
Black-tailed deer live in the temperate coniferous forests along the Pacific coast. These forests are characterized by cool temperatures and lots of rain, but an overall mild climate. Black-tailed deer do not therefore migrate in response to seasonal changes, unlike some of the other mule deer subspecies. Instead, black-tailed deer often spend their entire life in the same general area.
Black-tailed deer can be distinguished from mule deer by their larger tail, the back of which is completely covered with black or dark brown hairs. Mule deer have smaller tails in which only the tip is covered with black hairs. Black-tailed deer are generally smaller than mule deer."
- nhm.org/site/explore-exhibits/permanent-exhibits/north-american-mammals/black-tailed-deer
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  • Taken: Nov 21, 2017
  • Uploaded: Feb 22, 2019
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2020