White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Appearance/Behavior:  This large (0.8 – 2.4 m), long-legged (blue arrow) visitor to the compost piles is easily identified.  In general its pelage is reddish to grayish brown, with white markings on the muzzle, chin, belly, rump, and underside of tail.  From summer to early winter, adult males display antlers (red arrow).  During the early summer, fawns may accompany females in the images.  Although deer may appear in the background in the vicinity of a pile, they may also forage directly from the pile. Deer are encountered in groups of one to four individuals.

Relative Frequency of Visitation in Study: A fairly regular visitor.

Seasonal Activity: Year-round.

Daily Activity:  Both diurnal and nocturnal.

Similar Species:  The white-tailed deer is not easily confused with any other wild mammals encountered in this study.

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