|Mule Deer grazing in the Qu'Appelle Valley. © SB|
To me, Mule Deer look grayer than the more common White-tails, but there are other, more prominent differences:
- Mule deer's ears are enormous, well, like the ears of the mules they are named for.
- They don't have as prominently white eye-rings as White-tailed Deer.
- Their tails are thin and more ropelike with black tips — and are not raised like white warning flags when they're startled and run.
|Line of Mule Deer walking up the hill. © SB|
|Mule Deer, Saskatchewan, Canada. © SB|
Not obvious at a glance is that fact that these are true Western deer, said to more abundant in the southwest of the province, while White-tailed Deer are widespread across Saskatchewan and most of North America.
What are these? Mule Deer.
Location: Near Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo dates: April 13, 2013.