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.