Deer from the rear
By Larry Halverson
Friends of Kootenay
It is not obvious how White-tailed Deer got its name until you see them flee. As they run, their tails flip up and flare out, revealing an obvious white flag. It is thought they do this ‘flagging’ to help young fawns follow their moms, startle predators or warn other deer.
Lead image: White-tailed Deer are the most often seen ungulate in Kootenay National Park, particularly in the Kootenay Valley. Photo by Larry Halverson