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ABSTRACT My paper is on the home range distribution and abundance description habitat and home habits reproduction importance and food of white-tailed deer in northern North America KEY WORDS Typical Fawn Shedding Antler Buck Doe INTRODUCTION The northern white-tailed deer is the most widely ranged creature of all Ditchkoff and Servello 1999 It spans almost the entire United States and into some parts of Canada White tail deer as in all deer are prolific eaters this means if deer are present then the ecosystem is very stable in that area LITERATURE REVIEW Description The white-tailed deer has the scientific name Odocoileus virginianus and it is named for its most distinctive feature the large white tail or flag that is often all you see as the animal bounds away through tall grass Ballard and Whitlaw 1999 The color of the deers upper body and sides changes with the season from a generally reddish-brown in summer to buff in winter Its belly and the underside of its tail are completely white and it has a white patch on the throat Mech and Nelson 2000 The deer sheds its hair twice a year its heavy winter coat giving way to a lighter one in spring which is replaced again in early fall A fawns coat is similar to the adults but has several hundred white spots which gradually disappear when the deer is three to four months old Ginnet and Young 2000 Fawns are born in late spring and summer and by early November a male fawn weighs about 85 pounds and a female about 80 pounds Yearling bucks average 120 pounds while does of the same age average about 20 percent less or about 96 pounds Some older bucks weigh 200 pounds or more when field dressed about 250 pounds live weight A buck fawn has bumps on his skull where antlers will grow when he is older Yearling bucks may have one to six points
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