mule deer

noun

Definition of mule deer 

: a long-eared deer (Odocoileus hemionus) of western North America that is larger and more heavily built than the white-tailed deer

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Elk, mule deer and pronghorn can be seen on the property, and a local rancher is allowed to graze his cattle. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Giant Colorado Ranch With Private Saloon Seeks $36 Million," 6 Aug. 2018 The bottom one shows an outline of the California mule deer that tend to meander out of the sagebrush and into passing traffic. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: NASA's Crazy, Kooky, Legendary Research Facility," 3 Nov. 2016 Meanwhile, since the national monument abuts the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, bighorn sheep and elk have returned to the area, and the populations of mule deer and pronghorn antelope have rebounded. USA TODAY, "Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan warn: Beautiful, unspoiled landscapes are disappearing," 25 May 2018 The carcass of a large buck mule deer was found about a half mile east of Arrowrock Dam, off of Middle Fork Boise River Road, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Large mule deer poached near Arrowrock Dam. Officials ask for public’s help.," 8 Jan. 2018 Removing the juniper not only benefits sage grouse, but also mule deer, elk, pronghorn and golden eagles. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Farewell, western juniper. Idaho, feds partner to yank the plant & let sagebrush return," 31 May 2018 To address overharvest of young mule deer bucks in a southeastern portion of the Panhandle, hunters in Briscoe, Childress, Cottle, Floyd, Hall and Motley counties will be restricted to taking only those bucks with a 20-inch minimum antler spread. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "TPW Commission rescinds air gun/bow rule," 26 May 2018 According to Michael Miller, senior wildlife veterinarian for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, mule deer submission more than tripled toward the end of 2017, and CWD continues to be prevalent in Colorado. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans," 25 May 2018 The people who live here spend their time walking steep roads, listening to crickets, chasing mule deer out of the garden, and looking over a desert valley below. Kendra Atleework, The Atlantic, "Power Lines Are Burning the West," 25 May 2018

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1805, in the meaning defined above

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