Deer on the towpath
Deer on the towpath

NPS/Miranda McCleaf

White-tailed deer can be found throughout C&O Canal National Historical Park. They are one of the most common ungulates (hoofed mammals) in North America. Deer are herbivorous, meaning their diet is almost entirely made up of plants. They eat a huge variety of plants from acorns to poison ivy!
Since the early 1900s, deer populations have increased throughout the eastern United States due to a lack of predators and increased availability of food and habitat. Learn more about how the park is managing deer populations.

Deer Fawn
Deer Fawn

NPS/Gerald Elkin


Last updated: April 22, 2024

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