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Sitka Black-tailed Deer
Photo By Jim Lewis


June 28, 2006


Ketchikan, Alaska - This little Sitka Black-tailed deer was photographed along the Ward Lake road. According the the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Sitka black-tailed deer is native to the wet coastal rain forests of Southeast Alaska and north-coastal British Columbia.

The Sitka black-tailed deer is smaller, stockier, and has a shorter face than other members of the black- tailed group. Fawns are born in early June and weigh 6 to 8 pounds at birth. The average October live weight of adults is about 80 pounds for does and 120 pounds for bucks, although dressed-weight bucks of over 200 pounds (90.1 kg) have been reported, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

jpg Sitka Black-tailed Deer

Jim Lewis ©2006

During summer, deer generally feed on herbaceous vegetation and the green leaves of shrubs. During winter, they are restricted to evergreen forbs and woody browse.

The average life span of the Sitka Black-tailed deer is about 10 years, but a few are known to have attained an age of at least 15.



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