mule deer

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Mule deer are easy to identify due to their large mule-like ears. They are brownish-gray in color, have a white rump patch, and a small white tail with a black tip. There are believed to be several subspecies, including the black-tailed deer. They do not run as other deer, but have a distinctive bounding leap that can cover distances up to 8 yards.

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"Mule Deer in Sagebrush and Snow, December 27, 2014" by Tom Koerner/USFWS Mountain-Prairie is licensed under CC BY.