White-tailed Deer – 5/2/18

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/2/18

Observation Time: 6:20 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon, Billings Loop

Common Name: White-tailed Deer

Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus

Comments: Adult white-tails have reddish-brown coats in summer which fade to a duller grayish-brown in winter. Male deer, called bucks, are easily recognizable in the summer and fall by their prominent set of antlers, which are grown annually and fall off in the winter. Only the bucks grow antlers, which bear a number of tines, or sharp points. During the mating season, also called the rut, bucks fight over territory by using their antlers in sparring matches.

More Information: National Geographic