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Michigan State Game Mammal

White-tailed deer buck - click to see all animal symbols
White-tailed deer buck photo © Richard Mousel / CritterZone: Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography (used by permission).
All State Animals - Mammals.

White-Tailed Deer

White-tailed deer video

Michigan designated the white-tailed deer as official state game animal in 1997. Zeeland fourth-graders campaigned to include the white-tailed deer among Michigan's official state symbols.

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 its tail is waved when running and flashed as a warning when danger is sensed. Both native Americans and settlers relied on the white-tailed deer for buckskin and food.

White-tailed deer doe - click to see all state mammals
White-tailed deer - photo by Moxfyre on Wikipedia - published
under terms of the GNU Free Documentation license Version 1.2 or later. All State Animals - Mammals.

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:
State Symbols: Michigan.gov
Links:
White-tailed Deer: Nature Works
Free Photos: Nature of New England
Forest Foods Deer Eat: MI Dept of Natural Resources
White-tailed Deer: Animal Diversity Web; U of Michigan
All State Animals - Mammals


    

 

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