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Illinois State Animal

White-tailed deer doe - click to see all state animal symbols
Photo of white-tail deer doe in snow from: Nature of New England.
All State Animals - Mammals.

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed deer video

Illinois schoolchildren voted the white-tailed deer as the state animal in 1980. An animal of incredible beauty and power, white-tailed deer are able to run up to 40 miles per hour, jump 9 foot fences, and swim 13 miles per hour. The white underside of the deer's tail waves when running and is flashed as a warning when danger is sensed. Fawns are born with white spots for camouflage. Both native Americans and settlers relied on the white-tailed deer for buckskin and food.

White-tailed deer buck - click to see all state mammals
White-tailed deer buck standing in forest; photo by Joe Kosack /
Pennsylvania Game Commission (use permitted with attribution).

Eleven states have designated the white-tailed deer as a state symbol: Arkansas - Illinois - Michigan - Mississippi - Nebraska - New Hampshire - Ohio - Oklahoma - Pennsylvania - South Carolina - Wisconsin.

Source:
Links:
State of Illinois Facts - Symbols: State of Illinois
White-tailed Deer: Nature Works
Free Photos: Nature of New England
Forest Foods Deer Eat: MI Dept of Natural Resources
State Symbols of Illinois - Illinois State Museum
White-tailed Deer: Animal Diversity Web; U of Michigan
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