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Odocoileus virginianus

Height: 3-3.5'
Weight: Males 75-400 lbs. Females 50-250 lbs.
Number of teeth: 30
Young: 1-2 young born in May and June.

Seek wooded areas for refuge; forage in fields, pastures and brushy areas.

Browses on vegetation: shoots, twigs, leaves, grains, grasses.

Period of Activity
At night and twilight hours.

Illinois: Statewide
USA: See distribution map.

White-Tailed Deer Trivia
The white-tailed deer is the largest Illinois mammal. Deer are in the family of mammals characterized by having hooves, antlers that are shed and replaced annually and a four-chambered stomach allowing them to chew a cud. Antlers are usually found only on males and the size of the antler and number of points increase with the age of the deer.

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