HABITAT: Black-tailed deer prefer the edges of forests and the grasslands next to them. It is the most common deer species in California, with a population of over 300,000 throughout the state. Its range stretches from Northern California to Alaska.
DIET: These deer eat plant material, such as leaves, grass and branches. They can even eat poison oak, which causes extreme rashes on humans!
PREDATORS: Black-tailed deer are eaten by mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes and human hunters.
FUN FACT: Despite its name, the Colombian black-tailed deer is native to the West Coast of North America.
Photo by Walter Siegmund