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Pennsylvania State Animal

White-tailed deer buck - See list of all state animal symbols
White-tailed deer buck standing in forest - photo by Joe Kosack / Pennsylvania Game Commission (use permitted with attribution). See All State Animals - Mammals.

White-Tailed Deer

White-tailed deer video

Pennsylvania designated the white-tailed deer as official state animal in 1959. The white underside of the deer's tail waves when running and is flashed as a warning when danger is sensed.

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. Both native Americans and settlers relied on the white-tailed deer for buckskin and food.

White-tailed deer doe - See list of all state animal symbols
White-tailed deer - photo by Moxfyre on Wikipedia - published
under terms of the GNU Free Documentation license Version 1.2 or later

Some farmers say that Pennsylvania's state beverage can be an effective repellent to the state animal (by spraying diluted milk on garden plants). Eleven states have designated the elegant white-tailed deer as an official state symbol: Arkansas - Illinois - Michigan - Mississippi - Nebraska - New Hampshire - Ohio - Oklahoma - Pennsylvania - South Carolina - Wisconsin.

Source:
Pennsylvania Symbols (PDF): PA Historical/Museum Comm.
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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