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Posted: March 16, 2015

Deer from the rear

By Larry Halverson

Friends of Kootenay

The upper side of the White-tailed Deer’s tail is usually the same colour as their body or 
in some individuals like this one a darker brown. - Photo by Larry Halverson
 
The upper side of the White-tailed Deer’s tail is usually the same colour as their body or 
in some individuals like this one a darker brown. – Photo by Larry Halverson

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


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