Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Did You Know?
White tailed deer mate in November in the norther parts of their range and in January or February in the southern parts of their range. The female has one to three fawns after about six months after mating. Fans are reddish brown at birth with white spots that help camouflage them. They can walk at birth and forage for food a couple days later. They are weaned at about six weeks. Their mother leaves her fans well hidden for hours at a time while she feeds. If she has more than one fawn, she hides them in separate places. While they are waiting for their mother to return, the fawns lay on the ground with their head up and necks stretched out flat on the ground. This makes it harder for predators to find them. Female fawns may stay with their mother for two years, males usually leave after a year.