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 The area also serves as a critical habitat for desert tortoises and a movement corridor for wildlife species, including bighorn sheep and mule deer. The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2024 The project is expected to provide habitat for two endangered birds, the least Bell’s vireo and light-footed ridgeway’s rail, and offer animals access to conserved land areas for mammals such as the American badger, mountain lion, coyote, bobcat, mule deer and gray fox. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2024 The collection of missing European mounts included a mixture of mule deer and whitetails. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 29 Feb. 2024 Fifteen corridors ranging from a quarter-mile to more than a half-mile will offer habitat and passage for pronghorn, mule deer and elk. Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 In 2022, for example, BHA held a raffle for Wyoming’s statewide mule deer tag and raised nearly $47,000, which was three times the amount raised in the previous year’s auction for the same tag. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 20 Mar. 2024 Animal adventures are just as likely here, with everything from burrows and fairy shrimp to mule deer, tortoise, and sheep. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2024 And how does, say, a whitetail deer’s speed compare to a mule deer’s, and to other North American deer species. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 28 Feb. 2024 Invasive animals pose a problem as well and, on Catalina Island, the large population of nonnative mule deer is decimating the local flora — including some of the rarest plants in California. Michael Charboneau, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024

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First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mule deer was in 1805

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“Mule deer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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mule deer

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

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