Desert Mule Deer

Odocoileus hemionus eremicus

Desert Mule Deer, Odocoileus hemionus, photo © by Michael Plagens

These deer were seen at dawn from the Overton Trail at Cave Creel Regional Park, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 11 June 2011.

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Mule Deer are primarily browsers feeding especially on shrubs and desert trees.

Notice the very large ears (effective heat dissipaters?). Mule Deer have white on the rump and tail has black at tip.

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More Information/References:

Sonoran Desert Field Guide
Sonoran Desert Places
Sonoran Desert Naturalist Home Page


Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 12 Sept. 2007
Updated 22 Feb. 2012