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White-tailed Deer: Summer Coat

White-tailed Deer have two types of fur coats, a winter coat and a summer coat.  The Winter coat has two layers made up of long thick hairs.

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This picture of a young doe shows her with her winter coat.  The hairs are long and there are actually two layers of fur which, of course, will help protect her against the cold.

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This doe has shed most of her winter coat.  The hairs are shorter and there is only one layer of fur, which will help keep her cool as temperatures rise.

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The healthier the deer the faster they shed their winter coat.

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Here you can still see some of the remnants of her winter coat on her neck, sides and legs.

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