Our Animals

Deer

Meet our native Arizonians

Bearizona is home to two distinct type of deer, mule deer and Coues white tail deer. A mule deer’s defining characteristic is their large ears, which are about three-fourths the length of the head. As their name states, white tail deer are characterized by the white underside of their tail which they will raise to warn other nearby deer of approaching predators. All deer at Bearizona have come from somewhere in the state of Arizona.

If you care, leave it there!

When fawns are young mom will bed the baby down and leave them hidden while they go graze. Often, well-meaning humans will 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.

Common Name Mule Deer

Scientific Name Odocoileus hemionus

Type Mammal

Status Least Concern

Diet Herbivore

Geographic Range Found throughout the western United States

Life Span 9 - 11 Years

Offspring 1 - 2 Fawns