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The White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is a species of deer native to North America, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It is one of the most widely distributed and abundant large mammals in North America.
The White-tailed deer is a medium-sized deer, standing about 3-4 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 220 pounds. It has a reddish-brown coat with white underparts and a distinctive white tail that is raised and flashed when the deer is alarmed or running. The males have large, branching antlers.
These deer are herbivores, feeding mainly on leaves, shoots, and small plants. They are primarily active at dawn and dusk, and live in a variety of habitats, such as forests, grasslands, and wetlands. They are social animals, living in small herds or solitary.
The White-tailed deer is not considered to be a threatened species, with a stable population and widespread distribution across North America. However, they can cause significant damage to crops and gardens, and their populations are managed through hunting and habitat management.