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|Mule deer(Odocoileus hemionus)|
A moderately large deer with large ears and antlers typically dichotomously branched.Mule deer originally received their name because of their large ears, which resemble that of a mule.Although equipped with acute senses of sight and hearing, these deer rely largely upon the sense of smell in detecting danger.Some biologists estimate that a mule deer's sense of smell is up to 1,000 times stronger than a human's and can detect human odor at up to a half mile away. Stationary objects are easily overlooked by them, but they readily detect any that are in motion.The trademark, bounding, pogo-stick-style gait of mule deer is called "stotting" and gives them the ability to change direction (or even completely reverse direction) on a dime.With each bound it may jump as high as 2 feet and as far as 15 feet. Mule deer have better nighttime vision than humans, but poorer daytime and color vision.It can detect slight predator movement up to 600 meters away, but they are not very good at detecting motionless forms.
Mule deer occupy to some extent almost all types of habitat within their range but, in general, they seem to prefer the more arid, open situations in which sagebrush, juniper, pinyon pine, yellow pine, bitter brush, mountain mahogany, and such plants predominate. Mule Deer are very adaptable to most kinds of terrain. They can be found at low elevations to above timberline.
It was quite a surprise for me to see these 3 youngsters from such a close distance(about 10-15 meters)and for them too.I was watching a female mule deer on a nearby hill through my camera when suddenly I sensed something moving to my right.I took a short look and immediately but slowly turned the camera to them.They were remarcably calm so,I had enough time to take about 10 pictures.This is the exact reason why I love outdoors and nature,especially wildlife and this is the reason I bought myself a camera.Nature is so very beautiful and impredictible.
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