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 Among them are white-tailed deer, mule deer, alligator, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, exotics, javelina, turkey, dove,feral hogs, squirrel, quail, and teal. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 17 July 2021 One friend of mine is beguiled by trophy mule deer, and used to spend all his time scouting and hunting them. Outdoor Life, 17 Dec. 2020 The first detection of CWD in Texas was a mule deer in the far West reaches of the state in 2012. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 2 July 2021 And in Wyoming, the Biden administration defended 440 oil and gas leases issued by the Trump administration on federal land that is also the critical habitat of the sage grouse, mule deer and pronghorn. New York Times, 1 June 2021 The meat is not the only important part of the mule deer to the Navajo people. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2021 Since then, 228 captive or free-ranging cervids — including white-tailed deer, mule deer, red deer and elk — have tested positive in 13 Texas counties. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 23 June 2021 Over the years, the wildlife show has included a parade of bighorn sheep, bobcats, coyotes, mule deer, striped skunks, raccoons, hawks, snakes, a mountain lion and a variety of birds. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Hunters submit teeth from elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, moose, black bears, mountain lions, and bison. Alan Clemons, Outdoor Life, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of mule deer

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Mule deer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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