White-tailed Deer

Mississippi State Land Mammal 1

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White-tailed deer buck

White-tailed deer buck; photo by Jake Dingel/PGC Photo; Pennsylvania Game Commission Photo Library (educational use permitted with attribution).

White-tailed Deer

Mississippi designated the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) as official state land mammal in 1974 (along with Mississippi's state water mammal, the bottlenose dolphin). In 1997 the red fox was also recognized as a mammal symbol of Mississippi.

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

The elegant white-tailed deer is the most popular official state mammal (eleven states: Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin).

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Images

White-tailed deer doe; free photo courtesy of Nature of New England.

White-tailed deer doe

White-tailed deer fawn; photo by Michael Witzel (coolstock) on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

White-tailed deer fawn

Videos

Amid Nature - Whitetail Buck Deer with Velvet Antlers