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White-tailed Deer​: here’s the scoop

threats

White-tailed deer are widespread and abundant. Threats are only considered for the subspecies of Central and South America which include feral dogs, overhunting, habitat loss and poaching.

Species

White-tailed Deer

Scientific name

Odocoileus virginianus

Habitat

a wide range of habitats from north temperate to subtropical and semi-arid environments, including deciduous forests, mixed pine-oak forests, second-growth forests, savannas, and rainforests.

Diet

Herbivorous. A wide range of habitats from north temperate to subtropical and semi-arid environments, including deciduous forests, mixed pine-oak forests, second-growth forests, savannas, and rainforests.

life expectancy

15 – 20 years

Did you know?

The white-tailed deer predates the Ice Ages and is the oldest extant, or existing, deer species.

Range

Southern Canada through most of the U.S. and Mexico to northern South America (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, northern Brazil, Venezuela, and the Guianas). They are absent from much of southwestern United States.

Conservation status

Least Concern