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Reading the Snow

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Snow and frigid temperatures have inundated Big Valley CA, our home, recently. Leonard and I enjoy “reading the snow” to determine which animals wander through our pastures and the wildlife area on our property. We found the tracks of four … Continue reading

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Swimming Mule Deer

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Deer are accomplished swimmers. With their powerful hind legs and stamina, deer can swim at speeds up to 15 miles per hour. Additionally, the coat of a deer helps these mammals swim distances up to 10 miles. The deer undercoat … Continue reading

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The Deer Who Came To Dinner

In Kaufman and Hart’s 1939 comedy “The Man Who Came to Dinner”, Sheridan Whiteside came to dinner at the Stanley household in Ohio and through circumstances did not leave. The mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) ranging through our yard in search … Continue reading

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Antlers in Velvet

Antlers are bony extensions of the skull that grow from attachment points called pedicles. The antler grows from the tip in late winter and spring. The antler starts out as cartilage which is replaced by bone. While the antler is … Continue reading

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Stotting

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Perhaps reindeer can fly, but mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) stot. “Stot” means “to bounce” or “a bouncing gait”.  Mule deer run by stotting – pushing off from the ground with all four feet at once and landing on all four … Continue reading

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Yarding Up

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What a winter! For over six weeks the ground was covered in deep snow and temperatures were well below freezing, with only very brief interludes in the 30s. A couple days in the low 40s  last week gave me hope … Continue reading

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Mule Deer Hoof

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Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are ungulates – mammals with hooves. Their hooves are made of keratin, a type of solidified hair, and are comparable to a human fingernails. The ancient ancestors of deer had five toes or fingers. Over time … Continue reading

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