• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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Blacktail Deer

A blacktail deer and her two calves in a meadow near Hurricane Ridge

A blacktail deer and her twin fawns in a meadow near Hurricane Ridge

Ken and Mary Campbell

Blacktail DeerOdocoileus hemionus columbianus

Identification:
Blacktail deer may be the park's most graceful mammal. They are much smaller than Roosevelt elk, and may be seen just about anywhere within Olympic National Park, from subalpine forests and meadowlands down to river valleys. Blacktail deer are considered a subspecies of mule deer, which are common throughout much of the West. They are also closely related to the white-tailed deer, well-known throughout the eastern and Midwestern U.S.

Habitat:
Blacktail deer are particularly common on the edges of forests where there is adequate shelter and ample meadowland. They are often spotted grazing in mountain meadows at dawn and dusk. These graceful creatures are prominent members of the wildlife community.

Diet:
Blacktail deer feed on different types of grasses, lichens, plants, and sometimes berries.

Conservation Status:
Not threatened

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Did You Know?

DYK fisher release

Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.