Colorado’s Wildlife: the Mule Deer

Exuberating sceneries are accompanied by thrilling sightings of wild life in Colorado. No need to intern yourself into the backcountry to spot a deer mule, one of the biggest mammals that graze the fields. And even though you might run into one by the road, this animal is currently under-going a noticeable decrease in its population. Western Colorado has been mostly affected. Victim of poachers, severe winters, diseases, habitat loss and predation, are among the many reasons for this decrease.

Today, we share with you some details on this beautiful and magnificent animal and an informative video from the Colorado Parks and Wild Life organization, which encourages the preservation of the Mule Deer. Mile Hi Rafting Company, just 30 minutes from Denver, offers outdoor adventure for outdoor and hunting enthusiasts. We offer ATV and UTV tours and full overnight camping excursions; and help you plan your family camping trip too!

Learning about the Mule Deer

Named for its large mule-like ears, the Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) has been an animal enjoyed for its distinctive features and as a sport hunting animal highly appreciated for its meat. There are several subspecies, but the black-tailed deer is one of the most commonly known. Male deer, larger than female, grow antlers during the summer and fall, to finally shed them in spring. When alarmed, mule deer bounce away in a motion called “stotting”, in which all four hooves push off the ground at the same time. They can jump as high as 2 feet and as far as 15. They do not have upper teeth, but a hard palate. And, like cows, they have a multi-part stomach where they can store food. Their life span is usually between 9-11 years in the wild.

Colorado Parks and Wild Life Mule Deer Story video

Since the 19th century, this animal’s population has suffered fluctuations due mostly to commercial hunting. The sudden human population boost brought along by the Gold Rush, affected the population of many wild animals too. Nowadays, many organizations strive to keep the population of this and other animals healthy and under control. We share with you this Mule Deer’s video, as part of the Colorado Parks and Wild Life efforts of fostering awareness:

 

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