"Is this a Mule Deer?" Yosemite National Park Favorite Tip by VeronicaG

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  Mule Deer at Night
by VeronicaG
  • Mule Deer at Night - Yosemite National Park
      Mule Deer at Night
    by VeronicaG
  • See it's large ears? - Yosemite National Park
      See it's large ears?
    by VeronicaG

Favorite thing: As we pulled into our hotel parking lot and scrambled out of the car one night, we saw this female mule deer making a snack of flowers growing around the building. Not only did it NOT move an inch, but looked up at us and continued chewing.

Mule deer are usually a dark gray-brown and have a small white rump patch and a small, black-tipped tail. Their large ears resemble those of a mule (picture 2).

When startled, a mule deer will take a series of stiff legged jumps, all four legs landing on the ground together. They will eat a mix of vegetation.

This animal can be found anywhere from the artic tundras to forests in the tropics, throughout the entire western United States and four deserts of the American Southwest.

They weigh between 125-330 pounds; 50-85 inches in length with a shoulder height of 3'-3'5". Births can be 1-4 per year. Their average life span in the wild is ten years.

*For more information, see: www.desertusa.com/feb97/du_muledeer.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 30, 2007
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