DEER belong to the same family (Cervidae) of hoofed mammals as ELK, MOOSE and CARIBOU. Pale brown to red-brown in summer, deer become grey-brown during the winter. They are graceful, long-legged creatures that browse on a variety of trees, shrubs and vegetation. Only the males grow antlers, which are shed annually. Two species occur in BC. White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are found in the southeastern Interior, while mule deer (O. hemionus) are more widespread, occurring to the east...

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