White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Height:3-3.5 ft.

Weight:100-350 lbs.

Tail Length:30 cm.

Litter Size:1 or 2

Gestation:7 months

Status:Overpopulation has been a problem with white-tailed deer. When there are too many deer, starvation weakens the entire population. Generally when this happens, predators such as the bobcat will attack the weakest deer and the population strengthened. Unfortunately, there are not enough predators in many ecosystems in North America. Deer have adapted to human interference, but predators were hunted down starting when the European settlers came to America. Today many states regulate hunting to strengthen the deer population and prevent overpopulation.

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