The graceful and gentle white-tailed deer
is frequently spotted among the tall white pines of The Cook Forest. The average
buck weighs about 125-150 lb and stands roughly three feet tall at its shoulder.
White-tailed deer belong to the Cervidae family. Other members who share
this species are elk, moose, and caribou.
The tail of this variety
of deer sets it apart from other types. By holding its tail high in the air, the
deer impresses onlookers with its proper appearance, showing off the soft, white
hair underneath. White-tailed deer are tan in color. Bucks and some doe grow antlers
beginning when they're less than a year old. The fur of the young fawn is speckled
with white spots.
Deer thrive in a woody environment filled
with herbaceous plants, shrubs, evergreens, and hard and soft fruits. Cook Forest's
thick tapestry of saplings and shrubs provides a healthy resource for food that
sustains the deer population. They also help to conceal them from predators.
Spotting a Deer
Hunters have perfected many techniques
for finding deer. But if you're interested in simply watching a deer live in its
natural habitat, look for herds feeding along the edges of the forest at dawn
and at dusk. If there's a field, there may be more food there than in the forest.
Don't try to follow a deer. It will circle back if it senses it's being watched.
Your chances of seeing a deer are best if you remain still. Picking a spot where
you've seen one might be your best bet. Don't use the same spot for days, however.
Deer possess a keen sense of smell. The longer you stay in oail, the red fox is much more distinctive looking than its gray cousin. Conversely,
the gray has a duller coat and a black line running down its back. Only the gray
fox can climb trees, a unique trait unshared by any other member of its species.