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blacktail deer facts

The Black-tailed deer, or Blacktail deer, (Odocoileus hemionus) is a species of deer found in western North America, specifically the Pacific Northwest region.

Black-tailed deer once ranged at least as far as Wyoming. In Francis Parkman’s The Oregon Trail, an eyewitness account of his 1846 trek across the early West, while within a two-days ride from Fort Laramie, Parkman writes of shooting what he believes to be an , only to discover that he has killed a Black-tailed Deer.

It is sometimes classified as a subspecies of the mule deer, as reflected in its scientific name Odocoileus hemionus columbianus as compared to the Rocky Mountain mule deer's Odocoileus hemionus hemionus. However this classification is not widely followed. It is more closely related to the Sitka deer.

The Black-tailed deer is currently common in northern California, western Oregon, Washington, coastal British Columbia, and north into the Alaskan panhandle. There remains confusion, however, over its proper classification. It is a popular game animal.

Author: Absolute Astronomy

Source: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Black-tailed_Deer