The Private Life of Deer
Infographic: Learn About the Whitetailed Deer

The whitetailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can be found anywhere from Southern Canada to South America. The white tail for which the animal is named is a key feature for communication; when the tail goes up, it’s signaling neighboring deer to be on high alert. Highly adaptable, the deer is able to succeed where other species cannot—in wild spaces that border developed areas, suburban homes and farmland. Just a century ago there were around 1 million deer in North America. Today, there are 30 million. Learn about whitetail anatomy, diet, habitat, and other deer facts.

Whitetailed Deer Infographic

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  • Robert Kennedy

    What if absolution doesn’t come from the number of slaves that are left alive, or the increasing size of the deer population? What if the effect of our “sport” has nothing to do with the short term ecology of an environment that has no possibility of ever again resembling the place where a deer was meant to be? What if what we are doing has more to do with ourselves than the deer? We are learning, though much too slowly, that our “underlings” in the living world are closer to us than we have previously thought. And, if 95% of the life that the planet has ever known is now extinct, perhaps our time here is not a numbers game at all, but merely a chance to appreciate it for the wonderful creation that it is. If so, why don’t we act like it?

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