Mule Deer

Mule Deer

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(Odocoileus hemionus). Patient Number 24-335.

Date of admission: May 31, 2024.
Reason for admission: Orphaned.

Patient History:

Mule deer, with their large, mule-like ears and distinctive black-tipped tails, are a lively presence across Alberta's prairies, foothills, and mountains. Known for their unique "stotting" gait—a high, bounding leap that confuses predators—they can reach speeds of up to 56 km/hour!

In Alberta, mule deer help control plant growth and serve as prey for predators like wolves and cougars. Their seasonal migrations—from lower elevations in winter to lush mountain meadows in summer—showcase their adaptability. Conservation efforts keep their populations healthy, allowing Albertans and visitors to enjoy sightings of these graceful animals grazing at dusk or bounding through the forest.

This tiny mule deer fawn was barely a few days old when he was found orphaned near Woodland Elementary School in Airdrie, Alberta. Concerned residents noticed the fawn alone and unresponsive to stimuli. They contacted AIWC for help, which sent a volunteer to rescue the severely dehydrated and weak fawn. He received critical medical intervention on arrival, including rehydration and nutrition support, and is showing huge signs of improvement under the dedicated care of wildlife experts. He has been moved to a large outdoor enclosure to ensure he has the space to run and jump as much as he likes!