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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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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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Visiting Mule Deer

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Our property (Modoc County CA) is fenced and crossed fenced with strong, sturdy fences. Large numbers of pronghorn (Antilocapra americanna) and mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) wander about the wildlife area across the road and in the nearby fields and pastures. … Continue reading

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Mule Deer Gleaners

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A cold spring with frost at all the wrong times and a very dry summer decimated our fruit crop this year. Only one pear tree had a little fruit. Where last year the mule deer had apples, plums, pears and … Continue reading

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