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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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to the most restrictive options presented to the commissioners for transporting mule deer, whitetail deer and elk carcasses into and around South Dakota. USA TODAY, "‘Molly of Denali,’ saloon discourse, ashes by mail: News from around our 50 states," 10 July 2019 Steamboat Lake Keep your eyes peeled for fox, mule deer, beavers, chipmunks, weasels and hundreds of species of birds at Steamboat Lake, roughly 30 miles north of Steamboat Springs. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "18 places you can rent a boat in landlocked Colorado," 8 July 2019 Wyoming’s major migration corridors are among the longest in North America and are essential to the health of mule deer. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 The environmental organization has also raised concerns about oil and gas development in Colorado sage-grouse, elk, mule deer and pronghorn habitat. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "State to ask Colorado BLM to defer action on some oil, gas leases proposed in wildlife habitat," 10 June 2019 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

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1805, in the meaning defined above

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