White-tailed deer – Odocoileus virginianus
SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s 109 acres also provide all the favorite foods of the white-tailed deer. Leaves, twigs, fruits and nuts, grass, and even lichens and other fungi contribute to their diet. Farmers and home gardeners might notice deer munching on corn and other veggies.
White-tailed deer have scent glands located in between the two toes of their hooves, and in multiple spots on their hind legs. These glands deposit scent to identify where other deer have been for mating and food sourcing purposes. Since our noses as not as sensitive as the deer’s sent glands, we must use our eyes to spot these beauties. Also, keep looking out for tracks, scat, and other signs for insight on where you might see White Tailed Deer in the future.