mule deer


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 Year after year, mule deer in Wyoming spend their summers in mountain areas that reliably provide good foraging and spend their winters in valleys protected from harsh weather. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2022 Still, 24,809 mule deer were harvested during the 2020 hunting season, with 28 percent of hunters finding success. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 10 May 2021 Instead, people sit around and swap tales over stew from the canteen while mule deer graze mere feet away. Zachary Petit, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Aug. 2022 Wildlife, including scores of white-tailed and mule deer, a black-tailed marmoset, and a giant anteater. Erin Prater, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 An oasis for mule deer, bighorn sheep, cougars, coyotes, bobcats, and soaring falcons, the 12,380-acre forested park sits at about 5,000 feet and boasts high-alpine Hanson Lake. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 30 Jan. 2020 Griffith Park is only a fraction of a mountain lion’s normal territory, but the easy access to mule deer apparently made up for the lack of females. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 17 May 2022 Most are from mule deer and elk, although some are from moose and pronghorn. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 One mule deer among a group in Wyoming migrated about 250 kilometers along a familiar corridor from its winter range to its summer range, Kauffman and his colleagues reported in 2019. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mule deer

1805, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2022

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“Mule deer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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