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Rocky Mountain Mule Deer: The Mule Deer gets its named for its ears, which are large like those of the mule. This doe was with a small group - and her buck was not far behind.

Unlike the related white-tailed deer, mule deer are generally more associated with the land west of the Missouri River, and more specifically with the Rocky Mountain Region of North America.

The most noticeable differences between white-tailed and mule deer are the size of their ears, the color of their tails, and the configuration of their antlers. In many cases, body size is also a key difference. The mule deer's tail is black-tipped, whereas the whitetail's is not. Mule deer antlers are bifurcated; they "fork" as they grow, rather than branching from a single main beam, as is the case with white-tails.

Each spring, a buck's antlers start to regrow almost immediately after the old antlers are shed. Shedding typically takes place in mid-February, with variations occurring by locale. Although capable of running, mule deer are often seen stotting (also called pronking), with all four feet coming down together.

NIKON D500 70-200mm f/2.8G VR IF-ED
292mm @ f/2.8 400sec ISO 200
Location: Base of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO

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Chris Sgaraglino
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Updated 01-19-2017 at 05:11 PM by csgaraglino

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