Mule Deer (includes Black-tailed Deer) (Odocoileus hemionus)
Two major subspecies: Mule Deer with tail white above, tipped with black; Black-tailed Deer, with tail blackish or brown above. This deer is the Black-tailed subspecies. It normally resides in mixed habitats, forest edges, mountains and foothills. These deer have large ears that move independently and almost constantly and account for the common name.

The fawn pictured above was found in an alley in Hollister. It was only a few days old when found. It may have wandered out of a backyard where someone was trying to keep it as a pet. Photo taken 05/06/01.

Wild animals do not make good pets, and cow's milk or dog and cat food can make them sick. Sometimes a mother deer leaves a young fawn bedded down while she goes to forage for food. If you happen to find the hiding place, leave it alone so the mother can come back and find it. If you are concerned that it could have been abandoned, call the Wildlife Center and ask for instructions. Do not touch the fawn, learning to trust humans may some day cause its death.

Here is a picture of the same fawn. He is the larger one on the right in the picture taken 5/27/01. The smaller fawn is a female and was found a week later. They are sharing the same habitat and both are doing well. They are being fed a special formula and are starting to nibble on their solid food.
Picture of the two deer in their habitat taken 6/17/01.
Look, the spots are gone! This picture was taken on 9/23/01, the day of release.
On September 23, three deer that were being cared for at the center, were released on private property in a remote area where hunting is not allowed.
Food will be provided while the deer get acquainted with natures bounty.

Photo taken 9/23/01.
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