Deer are highly-valued and many people enjoy observing them in the countryside; they are included in our pest guides simply because we provide a service to protect shrubbery and trees from damage caused by Deer grazing in suburban and residential areas.
Learn more about Shrub Protection and Deer Management.
- Reddish-brown coat which turns to grey-brown through Fall and Winter.
- White underside to its tail.
- 60-90" in length including tail.
- Males over 1 year old have antlers.
- Mating occurs October to December.
- Females give birth to 1-3 spotted fawns mid to late Spring. They lose their spots during the first Summer.
- After mating, bucks shed their antlers and grow a larger set between January and April.
- Life span is approx 10 years in the wild, 20 years in captivity.
- Feeding – Variety of vegetation, shoots, leaves, cactus, grasses, acorns, fruit, corn.
- Only male deer grow antlers, which are shed each year.
- Location - Prefer open woodland, but often found on the fringes of urban areas and in farming country.