Black-tailed Deer

1/500s at f8.0, ISO:500, Canon Mark III 1Ds w/800mm

The Black-tailed deer is a subspecies of the Mule Deer found in western North America, specifically in the Pacific Northwest region. This species thrives on the edge of the forest, as the dark forest lacks the underbrush and grasslands that the deer prefers as food, and completely open areas lack the hiding spots and the cover it prefers for harsh weather. One of the plants that black-tailed deer browse is western poison oak, despite its allergen content. This deer often is most active at dawn and dusk, and is frequently involved in collisions with automobiles.
Pt. Reyes, CA