The mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is yellow listed (not at risk) in British Columbia. It gets its name from its large mule-like ears. Instead of running, mule deer move with a bounding leap (stot), with all four feet coming down together.
They prefer the dry valleys and plateaus of the southern interior. Their winter range consists of scrublands in the dry forest zone and on steep south and west-facing sites with broken terrain. They stay high in the mountains until December when the snow becomes too deep.
Most does have their first fawns by age two in May or June, and these fawns are usually twins.
Listing and Date
Threats to Species
Presently not threatened - population is managed by Ministry of Environment hunting regulations.
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For more information, visit the mountain mule deer Species Summary at: The BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer.