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Wildlife and Other Sightings: Mule Deer

July 27, 2012 Posted by: BW - Mather District Volunteer Interpretive Ranger
Mule Deer
July 2012

Deer antlers

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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  1. Yosemite National Park
    March 28, 2014 at 06:03

    @Keith, we're not currently looking for items such as this, but thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  2. Keith Sachuk - FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    March 28, 2014 at 07:51

    Have any of you fine people that get to live in God's Country ever hear a photographer by the name of Fred Benz.The photo is dated 1992 and titled YOSEMITE FALLS MULE DEER. This fine piece belongs out there with you folks. It measure's 20 inches wide by 27 inches long. The piece has protective UV glass and real solid wood frame. The piece is also signed by Fred Benz. Any information you can give would certainly be appreciated. Thanks So Much Keith Sachuk


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El Portal Boulder Bar

At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.