Wildlife and Other Sightings: Mule Deer
July 27, 2012
Antlers on Mule Deer (Odocoilus hemionus) bucks are approaching full size but still have the fuzzy velvet skin on their antlers. This "velvet" will be rubbed off by September and the bucks will use them to contend with other males during the early winter mating season.
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