Mule Deer

Animal Details

Common Name
Mule Deer
Scientific Name
Odocoileus hemionus
Least Concern
Geographic Range
Found throughout the western United States
Life Span
9 - 11 Years
1 - 2 Fawns

Meet The Animal

A mule deer’s defining characteristic is its large ears, which are about three-fourths the length of the head. All deer at Bearizona have come from somewhere in the state of Arizona.

Their Behavior

When fawns are young, mom will bed the baby down and leave them hidden while they go graze. Well-meaning humans often stumble upon the hidden baby, think they are abandoned, and intervene. Most likely mom is nearby and just waiting for the humans to leave before returning to her offspring.

Did You Know?

When running, deer sometimes bound in a motion called “stotting,” in which all four hooves push off the ground at the same time.

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