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Strange Looking Mule Deer
Mule Deer
Contributors to this thread:
DL 23-Jun-21
Grey Ghost 23-Jun-21
CFMuley 23-Jun-21
grizzly63 23-Jun-21
JL 23-Jun-21
Tilzbow 23-Jun-21
Treeline 23-Jun-21
DL 23-Jun-21
Matt 24-Jun-21
Twinetickler 24-Jun-21
JL 24-Jun-21
DL 24-Jun-21
From: DL
23-Jun-21

DL's embedded Photo
DL's embedded Photo
Eastern Sierra mule deer, well he’s got the ears but it sure looks like a whitetail. A taxidermist just mounted this and had to post the picture for non believers

From: Grey Ghost
23-Jun-21
Mulies and whitetails do cross-breed. I've seen several in my area in central Colorado.

Matt

From: CFMuley
23-Jun-21
Looks like one of the few true hybrids.

From: grizzly63
23-Jun-21
Mulies came from whitetails and will probably be bred out by them.

From: JL
23-Jun-21
Aren't mulies a product of a blacktail and a whitetail?

From: Tilzbow
23-Jun-21
No whitetails in CA that I’m aware of. Deer might be a strange product of some sort of recessive gene, just a guess.

From: Treeline
23-Jun-21
Cool looking deer. Really strange coloration for sure. Would be interesting to run genetics to see if it shows anything. Congratulations!

From: DL
23-Jun-21
Not sure how many years back the picture was taken of this young fellas buck.

From: Matt
24-Jun-21
That deer probably grew up a few hundred miles from the closest whitetail.

From: Twinetickler
24-Jun-21
Maybe it's a whitetail doe that identifies as a mule deer buck? It is CA.

From: JL
24-Jun-21

JL's Link
Answered my own question above.

"Mule Deer

Research has suggested that mule deer may be the result of cross-breeding between whitetail and blacktail deer. Easily recognizably features are large, mule like ears and narrow, black-tipped tails, along with their typically dark gray coats. Mule deer can grow to about 125-250 pounds and stand 30-40 inches high. Mule deer inhabit most of the Western United States and Mexico, although some can be found as far north as Alaska. The most abundant subspecies of mule deer is the Rocky Mountain mule deer. This subspecies has large antlers, a darker coat, and lighter colored tails.

In total, there are about ten recognized sub-species of mule deer. However, the differences between them are so trivial (body size and tail color) that researchers argue if it is enough to establish another category.

Mule deer, like blacktails, tend to be more subdued than whitetails. When approached, Mule deer are more cautious, while the whitetail is quick to turn and run. Breeding habits also differ between the Mule deer and whitetails. A male mule deer's face closely resembles that of a fawn. Thus, a buck will court a doe by making fawn sounds and approaching her slowly; unlike the whitetail, who engages in a long chase.

During breeding phase, young male mule deer utilize an interesting trick in order to win a mate. When they spot an older buck with a doe, they will run at them as if avoiding a predator. This action typical forces the older buck and doe to also run in fear of the predator. The younger buck will then chase the doe. This behavior is unique to mule deer."

From: DL
24-Jun-21
Yes it is after all a California deer so who knows what or how’s his daddy. I know a mallard drake will breed a cocker spaniel if it got the chance.

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