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White-Tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus macroura

Subspecies of White-Tailed Deer

Endangered

First Noted by Expedition
May 19, 1804, at St. Charles, Missouri.
 

Description
Size varies greatly; a small to medium-size deer. Tan or reddish brown above in summer; grayish brown in winter. Belly, throat, nose band, eye ring, and inside of ears are white.
 

Habitat
Farmlands, brushy areas, woods, and suburbs and gardens.
 

Range
Southern half of southern tier of Canadian provinces; most of U.S. except far southwest.
 

Endangered Status
Two subspecies of the white-tailed deer (the key deer and the Columbian white-tailed deer) are on the U.S. Endangered Species List.
 

Note
The Columbian white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus leucurus) was among the four subspecies of white-tailed deer described in the journals. It was noted by Lewis near the mouth of the Williamette River on March 28, 1806.

Species information from enature.com
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