White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Female White-tailed Deer, Bermejas, Zapata Swamp, Cuba, February 2005 - click for larger image Bermejas, Zapata Swamp, Cuba,
February 2005

The White-tailed Deer is distributed from southern Canada through the USA and Central America to northern parts of South America. They are not forest animals. They are relatively tall, hold themselves upright and the males have antlers which makes their natural habitat savannas and forest and woodland edges.

Female White-tailed Deer, Bermejas, Zapata Swamp, Cuba, February 2005 - click for larger image There is a white tip to the chin and white surrounds to the dark muzzle as well as a pale eye-ring. The tail is white below and, when alarmed, is raised to show the white backside.

The species was introduced into Cuba in the 1930s in an attempt to attract hunters from the USA. Now lack of predators are turning it into a bit of a pest though it does provide meat for local hunters.

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