White-Tailed Deer

Pennsylvania State Mammal


White-tailed deer buck

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

State Animal

Pennsylvania designated the white-tailed deer as the 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.

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.



White-tailed deer in the snow; photo by Jake Dingel / PGC Photo Gallery: White-tailed deer (noncommercial and educational use permitted with attribution).

White-tailed deer in the snow

White-tailed deer - photo by Moxfyre on Wikipedia - published under terms of the GNU Free Documentation license Version 1.2 or later.

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


The Private Life of Deer - Amazing Nature Documentary (HD)