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Mule Deer Shedding Velvet This is a mule deer buck I encountered in Yosemite National Park in California. Before and after the photo, he was rubbing his antlers against trees bark and branches to shed his antler velvet. Geotagged,Mule Deer,Odocoileus hemionus,United States,antler velvet,california,deer,mule deer,muledeer,yosemite Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Mule Deer Shedding Velvet

This is a mule deer buck I encountered in Yosemite National Park in California. Before and after the photo, he was rubbing his antlers against trees bark and branches to shed his antler velvet.

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  1. Fantastic behavioral shot, Wesley, welcome to JungleDragon! Posted 3 years ago

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The most noticeable differences between white-tailed and mule deer are the size of their ears, the color of their tails, and the configuration of their antlers. In many cases, body size is also a key difference. The mule deer's tail is black-tipped, whereas the whitetail's is not. Mule deer antlers are bifurcated; they "fork" as they grow, rather than branching from a single main beam, as is the case with whitetails. Each spring, a buck's antlers start to regrow almost immediately after the old.. more

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
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Uploaded Jul 23, 2016. Captured in Unnamed Road, Wadsworth, NV 89442, USA.