White-tailed Deer

Ohio State Mammal

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White-tailed deer doe

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

White-tailed Deer

Ohio designated the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) as the official state animal in 1988. Important to Ohio’s native people and European settlers; the deer's meat was used for food, the hide for clothing, and the bones and antlers were used for tools. 

The beautiful and graceful white-tailed deer is 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.

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.

Ohio

Images

White-tailed deer buck photo © Richard Mousel /  CritterZone: Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography (all rights reserved; used by permission).

White-tailed deer buck

White-tailed deer doe running with tail flashing warning; photo by Kenneth Cole Schneider on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

White-tailed deer doe flashes a warning

Videos

Hunting Iowa White-tail Deer with an HD Camcorder