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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Recent Examples on the Web Many species are known to have changed their migration routes in response to the changing climate, now including mule deer and Bewick's swans. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "Animal Migrations Track Climate Change," 29 June 2020 Waterfowl, bald eagles and mule deer can be seen there. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Pagosa Springs: Gateway to San Juan Mountains and base camp for anglers," 6 June 2020 The blaze has scorched the domain of mammals such as black bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, javelina, bighorn sheep and some elk habitat. Erin Stone, azcentral, "As Bush Fire becomes one of largest in Arizona history, water and wildlife at risk," 22 June 2020 The same rifles hired for elk, moose, and mule deer in the U.S. are proving just as effective for kudu, oryx, and even buffalo in Africa. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The Most Iconic Rifles and Cartridges from African Safaris," 11 June 2020 Each mountain is a new world, every mule deer is gazed upon with wonder like the first. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Pagosa Springs: Gateway to San Juan Mountains and base camp for anglers," 6 June 2020 Antlerless mule deer and pronghorn permits were also added to the Land Management Assistance website, which is used to administer the state’s Managed Lands Deer Program. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Texas flounder regulations approved; season closure delayed a year," 23 May 2020 The disease was first identified in captive mule deer in Colorado in 1967. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "CWD found for first time in deer in Sheboygan County," 14 Dec. 2019 But most American big game hunters in the mid-20th century were pursuing whitetails, mule deer and pronghorns. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, ".308 Win. vs .300 Win. Mag: Ballistics, Cost, and Accuracy," 3 May 2019

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First Known Use of mule deer

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Mule deer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mule%20deer. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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