Mule Deer

 

Found from the Arctic to Mexico, this large deer (males can weigh in at over 95kg) is also known as a black-tailed deer in some parts, but should not be confused with its smaller cousin the Columbian black-tailed deer. These deer were given the name ‘mule deer’ (Odocoileus hemionus) due to their large ears, which are said to resemble those of a mule. Recent research has shown that mule deer DNA is closer to the DNA of a white-tailed deer than that of a black tailed-deer and they are thought to have evolved from cross-breeding between white and black-tailed deer. High on the menu of wolves and other predators, these deer have good vision with an estimated 310 degree round view that enables them to detect movement from about 600 metres away.

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