Both singular and plural, the deer is a ruminant mammal forming the Cervidae order, able to acquire the required nutrients for its body from plant-based food by using a metabolic process within a separate region of the stomach before digestion. Also classified within the order are, the moose, reindeer, roe deer, white-tailed deer, black-tailed deer, red deer, elk, chital and fallow deer.
With the exception of the Chinese water deer native to China and Korea the male and female deer irrespective of their species will grow and shed their new antlers every year differentiating the family from permanently seen horned animals such as the antelope which is found in the same order as the deer although bearing a somewhat artificial resemblance.
The word “deer” was initially stated to include a wider range of animals. However over time the term was used more specifically to characterize a distinct family. During the late 12th and 15th century, der was used to generally describe a wild animal regardless of its kind.
In modern English use the male deer is known as a “buck” and the female deer described as a “doe”, varying the term used according to the size of the deer and the dialect.
Deer are extensively scattered across almost every continent throughout the globe in a vast number of domestically grown species with the exception of Australia and Antarctica. Africa however is known for having only one species of deer known as the red deer indigenous to the mountain range across the northwestern stretch of Africa known as the Atlas Mountains.
Facts about the Deer
▪ The musk deer lacking antlers and facial glands, native to the alpine scrub habitats mountains of southern Asia along with the smaller sizes moose deer or fanged deer seen in the Asian and African forests are generally not classified as members of the true deer family, but rather as forming their own respective families recognized as the Moschidae and Tragulidae.
▪ Deer are known to reside in a variety of contiguous regions climatically and geographically similar in their conditions. These regions are known for including a homogeneous collection of plants, organisms within the soil and animals, occasionally referred to as an ecosystem, ranging from the tropical rainforest to the Alpine tundra.
▪ The Columbia Mountains located in southeastern British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies consisting of the Canadian segment of the North American Rocky Mountains contain the highest concentration of large deer species within the temperate region of North America. Additionally the region is known to seat a number of national parks such as Yoho National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park and Jasper national Park where visitors can visit any of the five deer species found within this region including the moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, and the caribou
▪ The continental landmass comprising of Asia and Europe commonly referred to as Eurasia enjoys the largest variety in species of deer found in the world today with the majority of species located across the temperate regions of Asia within the mountain coniferous and mixed deciduous forests. Comparatively Europe is known for consisting of a lesser variety of animal and plant species. Nonetheless Europe boasts several national parks and reservations for the preservation of deer species such as the fallow deer, red deer and the roe deer.
▪ the average deer will generally weigh between 70 to 700 pounds. Notably the smallest species of deer, the northern pudu one of two subspecies of the South American deer weighs an average of no more than 20 pounds, the largest species, the moose has been observed as having a total weight of over 1000 pounds.
▪ Almost all species of deer are known to have a facial gland in front of each of their eyes each containing a strongly scented pheromone. A wide variety of buck species of deer when exited or angry will open these glands using the secreted pheromone to mark their home range.
▪ Contrary to many beliefs deer have sufficiently good night vision due to a layer of tissue within their eyes known as the tapetum lucidum. This tissue layer increases the light available to the photoreceptors, by blurring the original image of the light on focus allowing the deer to see light that is invisible to the human eyes.
Sportsman’s Paradise Online Deer Webcams
Offering a variety of information on Hunting, Fishing and other Outdoor activities, the Sportsman’s Paradise Online website includes multiple wildlife webcams featuring Eagles, Bears, Owls, Deers and much more.
Their Wildlife Deer Webcams offer visitors to the website a firsthand live stream from Deers located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Georgia, Arkansas and Indiana shown in the links provided below:
View Indiana Deer Feeder Cam.
Crush Deer Feeder Webcam
Located in Iowa Lee and Tiffany Lakosky through their Crush website allows visitors an insight to their love and passion for the outdoors. With a number of established farms and strict whitetail management program, the couple’s website features a live deer feeding webcam shown in the link below.
View Crush Deer Feeder Webcam.
The Dillie Deer Webcam
Born on a deer farm in Brewster, Ohio Dillie was born blind with several cataracts. Too small to live on her own in the barn the deer was taken in the home until she became old enough to survive on her own.
Today this house deer still resides in the home in a specially designed area within an adjacent garage to facilitate her lifestyle.Visitors to the Dillie Deer Website can catch a glimpse of the deer in her room by visiting the link below.
View The Dillie Deer Webcam.
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