Have you seen a white-tailed deer in Wisconsin? Did you know they have unique skills that can help them survive?
When the white-tailed deer senses danger, it raises its tail straight up. This sends a message to other deer that there is a predator, such as a wolf, nearby. The deer’s large eyes, which sit high on its head, also make it difficult for predators to sneak up on them.
White-tailed deer can grow up to almost seven feet long, and its tail can be between 10 to 35 cm long. They can also weigh up to 440 pounds. The lifespan of the deer is 10 to 20 years. Their typical diet consists of grass, leaves, and shoots. In the winter, the antlers of the white-tailed deer fall off, but they grow back in the spring.
When newborn deer are born, they have a brown, pale-spotted coat that gives them camouflage in the forest. For the first month of their lives, the young are often left on their own, because they are so well camouflaged.
White-tailed deer can live in all types of habitats, ranging from the Arctic tundra to tropical forests. They can be found throughout North, Central, and South America. White-tailed deer can even be found in our very own state of Wisconsin.
Encyclopedia of Animals