Blacktail Deer

It is common to come across deer in our open spaces, park trails, and cautiously grazing in fields near populated areas.  In fact, if given the opportunity these guys will enter gardens to devour unprotected plants, fruits and flowers, and scamper away when startled.  They're alert and quick on their feet.  Most deer species we see are descendents of the Columbian blacktail deer, easily identified by their dark tail.

They are close relatives to the mule deer.  Both have large ears that resemble a mule, but the blacktail deer has a larger and darker tail.  Truthfully, I can't tell the difference when I see them in the wild, and they don't hang around long enough to be examined closely.  Except by their photos...

Mule Deer

AuthorRich Monroe