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I just couldn’t resist the surprise on this little guys face. I could just here this little young one ask his mom, is that friend or foe. As you can see, the mom is not bothered at all by me showing up with my camera. Out adult deer are quite used to us and you can get fairly close to them without spooking them.

“According to the National History Museum Los Angeles County, the black-tailed deer is classified as one of nine subspecies of the mule deer. Its first recorded observation in habitat was made by the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806. The black-tailed deer has two different subspecies: The Columbia black-tailed deer and the Sitka black-tailed deer. The two subspecies occupy different areas within North America.


The black-tailed deer is generally a little smaller than the mule deer. Additionally, both subspecies of the black-tailed deer are distinguishable by their larger tails and their backs, which are covered with black or brown hair. According to Hungry for Hunting, the Sitka black-tailed deer is smaller than Columbia black-tailed deer. The antlers of both black-tailed deer species are evenly forked like the mule deer. However, black-tailed deer only grow a maximum of three tines per side.


Both species of the black-tailed deer are found in the Pacific Northwest, “living in temperate coniferous forests along the Pacific Coast,” according to the National History Museum. The Columbia black-tailed deer is primarily located in California, Oregon and British Columbia, while the Sitka deer is primarily found in British Columbia, Washington and Southeast Alaska. The forests that black-tailed deer occupy are characterized by cooler temperatures and a lot of precipitation. Black-tailed deer do not migrate due to seasonal changes, and stay in the same area most of the time.

Additional Facts

Black-tailed deer are herbivores and eat the variety of plants and herbs that are within their habitat. The animal will even eat poison oak without experiencing an allergic reaction. The deer communicate with each over using over 10 vocalizations. When startled, the black-tailed deer, according to International Hunter Education Association, “will run with high, stiff-legged bounce, like mule deer.” Common predators of the deer include coyotes, cougars, bears, wolves and golden eagles."

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1/27/13-Featured in the group Even-Toed Ungulates
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I’m a 66 year old retired grandmother that loves photography. I love being out in nature and love lots of color, so Autumn is my favorite time of year.
Forests and forest light, waterfalls, flowers and insects are also some of my favorite subjects to photograph.

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  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 2 years ago

  • Polly Peacock
    Polly Peacockalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful Diane!!

  • Thanks very much Polly!

    – Diane Schuster

  • ValeriesGallery
    ValeriesGalleryalmost 2 years ago

    Cute image!

  • shiraz
    shirazalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture……………….Fave!

  • Thanks shiraz for the great comment and fave! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 2 years ago

    Great shot!

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    – Diane Schuster

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 2 years ago

    just beautiful,so pretty an image,dawnx

  • Thanks very much Dawn for the great comment and visit! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdalealmost 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Thanks Carol for the great comment and fave! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 2 years ago

    Oh, I love the fawns look. Perfect title and capture.

  • Hi Ann, so glad that you liked the image and thanks for the great comment and visit! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous image & work

  • Thanks very much Tina!

    – Diane Schuster

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 2 years ago

  • 1/27/13

    Featured in the group Even-Toed Ungulates

    Thanks Kay for the wonderful feature and banner! I am very honored! Dee

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