DEER POSTER.pdf - O N T\u2019S M R E V White-Tailed Deer U N TA M E D M A J E ST Y Get to know Vermont\u2019s wily Whitetail Named for the white underside of

DEER POSTER.pdf - O N Tu2019S M R E V White-Tailed Deer U...

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Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department 802-241-3700 Stay wild about Vermont. Get to know Vermont’s wily Whitetail. Named for the white underside of its long tail, the white-tailed deer is a native of North America. The white-tailed deer is the most abundant large herbivore, or plant con- suming species, in the state. In the past, wolves, cougars and people were the top predators of deer. Natives and set- tlers alike relied on the Whitetail for its meat and fur and admired it for its beauty. Over time, the deer's habitat was changed as land was cleared for farming. This change in habitat, coupled with commercial hunting, caused deer numbers to decline. In 1865, Vermont passed laws that banned hunting to protect the remaining deer. Today, white-tailed deer thrive in Vermont. And natives and visitors alike enjoy having these wily Whitetails in our woods and meadows. What’s up with deer biology? It’s a question of digestion. White-tailed deer are part of the North American deer family. They are related to elk, mule deer and moose. Vermont Whitetails grow to about six
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