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Reddish coloring in summer and blue-gray in winter. Cream-colored rump patch with black-tipped cream tail. Ears are larger than the white-tailed deer. Antlers branch equally.

Habitat and Habits

Lives in forests, desert shrubs, thickets of shrubs, or trees; grasslands; plains, foothills; and river bottoms. Herbivore. Lives up to 16 years. Male is polygamous; rut runs Oct. - Dec. One to two spotted fawns typical.

  • Male Mule Deer
    Male Mule Deer
  • Female Mule Deer
    Female Mule Deer
  • Mule Deer Tracks