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    Civil War Defenses of Washington

    District of Columbia

White-Tailed Deer

white tailed deer

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Genus: Odocoileinae

Characteristics: The white-tailed deer is tan or brown in the summer and grayish brown in winter. It has white on its throat, around its eyes and nose, on its stomach, and on the underside of its tail. The male has antlers. Males weigh between 150 and 300 pounds and females weigh between 90 and 200 pounds. The white-tailed deer is an herbivore or plant eater.

Habitat: The white-tailed deer lives in wooded areas. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, deer overpopulation is a problem. Deer and people are living closer to each other because of urban development and growth in deer and human populations. Because humans and deer often share a habitat, there can be problems for both of them. Deer will often eat often eat food from gardens. Deer need to cross roads to look for food and water and are sometimes struck by cars. People can also catch a sickness called Lyme Disease from the deer tick.

Did You Know?

Samuel Cooper

The Civil War Defenses were generally named after well known Union officers (many deceased during the war). This was not always the case. Fort Williams was first named Fort Traitor because the owner, Samuel Cooper(left), pledged an oath to the Union only to become a Confederate later on in the war.