Mule Deer

Mule Deer

Mule deer weigh 2-5kg at birth, affected by litter size and sex as males are heavier than females.

At birth, mule deer have a mass from two to five kilograms, affected by litter size and sex, with males being heavier than females.

Weaning begins at about five weeks of age and usually is completed at age 16 weeks. Full development of most skeletal attributes occurs at about 49 months of age in males and 37 months of age in females. However, gains in carcass mass are continuous until an age of 120 months in males and 96 months in females.

Male neonates predominate when poor nutrition prevails about 6 weeks before, and during, the breeding period.


Image | © Tony’s Takes, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Sources | (Anderson & Wallmo, 1984; Misuraca, 1999)

Learn More About the Mule Deer

Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: