How Fast Does a Whitetail Deer Run?

White-tailed deer can sprint at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. A single leap can propel the animals as high as 10 feet and as far as 30 feet.

White-tails use their speed and agility in the wild to flee from predators such as bobcats, mountain lions and coyotes. If they sense danger, these deer wag their short tails, exposing the white undersides responsible for their name. When leisurely grazing, white-tailed deer spend their time foraging fields and forests for alfalfa, corn, fruits and nuts, fungi, grasses, lichens, twigs, and leaves. White-tails are active mainly at dusk and at night.