Female deer are commonly called does but may also be referred to as hinds or cows. Male deer are commonly called stags but are also known as harts, bucks or bulls, while young deer are known as calfs or fawns.Continue Reading
Deer can be found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia. The deer family includes around 100 different species, including moose, elk and reindeer.
The deer is the only animal that has antlers, and these are typically only found on males, though the females of some species also have them. Deer can survive in most habitats but prefer edge habitats, such as croplands or woods.Learn more about Deer
It is not advisable to feed wild deer because a rapid transition to new food sources negatively affects their digestion and health. Providing appropriate food for wild deer is complicated and expensive.Full Answer >
White-tailed deer are primarily herbivores, so they eat all sorts of plants, such as switch grass, American holly, ferns, aquatic plants and poison ivy. However, depending on what's available, white-tailed deer also eat alfalfa, nuts, grass or fungi.Full Answer >
Most animals in the deer family are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active during dawn and dusk, rather than being strictly nocturnal creatures. Some deer alter their activity patterns to avoid hunting by humans, producing the phenomena of the "nocturnal buck" familiar to deer hunters.Full Answer >
Animals that prey on deer include bobcats, cougars, coyotes, wolves and grizzly bears. Specific predators depend on the habitat and type of deer. For instance, Florida panthers prey on Key deer, animals that live only in the Florida Keys.Full Answer >