Blacktail Deer


Deer are the woodland embodiment of grace. Blacktail deer, a subspecies of mule deer, live in the coastal forests stretching from northern California to Alaska. By getting to know blacktail deer and their habits and needs, you can help make your woodland a welcoming place for them.


Though they are closely related to mule deer, blacktail deer have larger, broader tails with distinguishing dark brown and black coloring that shows when their tails are lowered. When their tails are raised, they are large and white, similar to a whitetail deer. You are most likely to see blacktail deer at your transition zones on the forest edge, or in open meadows at dawn and dusk. Adult blacktail deer bucks can weigh up to 200 pounds and females grow to about 130 pounds.

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