Black-tailed Deer

Black-tailed Deer

  • Large hoofed mammal, weight 200-350 lbs.
  • Herbivore with incisors only in lower jar, dental formula 0-0-3-3/3-1-3-3.
  • Canines in line with incisors, so it looks as if they have four incisors on either side. 
  • Deer use incisors to clip twigs, leaves and vegetation by biting against the roof of their mouth.
  • By day, deer hide in wooded or brushy areas, especially in ravines in cities such as Tacoma. At dusk or dawn they wander into yards and gardens to browse on flowers, vegetables, trees, and shrubs.  
  • Look for netting or fences that people put up to prevent deer from eating their plants as evidence that deer are in the vicinity.
  • Black-tailed Deer is a subspecies of the Mule Deer that is common throughout western US.