Found from southern Canada to South America, these creatures are the smallest of the North American deer family.
Typically 6 to 8 feet in size and weighing as much as 300 pounds, the White-Tailed Deer can avoid prey – such as bobcat, coyote and mountain lions -with speeds of 30 miles per hour.
The male deer, called bucks, grow new antlers every summer. Adult buck antlers start to grow around the last of March or early April, and grow at the rate of about a quarter-inch per day. They shed their antlers each winter spending most of those months hidden in the cover of forests to protect themselves from the harsh weather.
Like a human, an adult deer has thirty-two teeth but they have no upper teeth in the front of its mouth; the space is instead filled with a hard-surfaced pad of gristle.
The White-Tailed Deer are herbivores eating a varied diet that consists of leaves, twigs, fruits and nuts, grass, corn, alfalfa, and even lichens and other fungi.
Occasionally seen grazing at dusk or dawn in fields and meadows along the edge of forests the White-Tailed Deer is primarily a nocturnal animal.