Blacktail Deer vs Mule Deer

So, on Sunday June 22nd, I was having a conversation with my neighbor.  My neighbor is an interesting concept these days because of my extended camping trip.  My neighbor changes often, sometimes every day.  This particular fellow was extolling the virtues of Buddhism and the not-so-virtuous subject of California politics.  During the conversation he corrected me on something.  A misconception of my own, when he stated simply, “We have blacktail deer.”

From the forty-five minute conversation we had on Buddhism, politics and life, the one thing I took away from it is; California has blacktail or black-tailed deer.  Really?  I didn’t know such an animal existed.  So I looked it up on the internet.  Wikipedea, indeed, informed me that blacktail deer do exist.

Curious, I conducted a further investigation to see if there was a difference between a blacktail deer and a mule deer.  Unfortunately, the picture of the blacktail deer on Wikipedea is from the front and does not show the black tail of a blacktail deer.  Really people?  If your going to include a picture of a blacktail deer in an article explaining what a blacktail deer is, don’t you think it’s appropriate to include a picture of the tail?

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While I consider myself an expert on whitetail deer, I’m not a hundred percent certain here, but I believe the above picture shows a blacktail deer’s tail.

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While this second picture, taken in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, shows a mule deer’s tail.  The blacktail deer’s tail is similar in shape to a whitetail, while the mule deer has a white stem with a black tassel on the end.  Okay westerners, correct me if I’ve got it wrong.

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