White-tailed deer are quite common in northern Wisconsin and much of the United States. They generally keep hidden in wooded areas during the day, but can be seen grazing in open fields, or munching on fallen apples in old orchards, early in the morning or at dusk.
Only the underside of this deer’s tail is white. Tails are raised up as a signal of alarm. Any other deer nearby will see the flash of white and be on the alert. Have you ever heard the expression “to hightail it”? Do you think this saying might refer to the way deer lift their tails as they run from danger?
In late fall / early winter, deer look for mates. During the rutting season, as it’s called, the stags are very jumpy and irritable. If two stags meet, they usually end up fighting. Fawns are born in late spring. They are cleverly camouflaged with spots, and for the first few weeks they are virtually odorless. How do you think this helps the fawns?
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