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2011-10-01 Openlands Lakeshore Preserve 2 by JanetandPhil
Via Flickr:
White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, Fort Sheridan, IL - 1 October 2011

A comparative diagram of deer butts. From Life-histories of Northern Animals: An Account of the Mammals of Manitoba by Ernest Thompson Seton

I. white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
II. mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
III. black tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus)
IV. elk (Cervus candanensis)
V. red deer (Cervus elaphus)

After a long break from vulturing I’ve finally made a proper return to the hobby. Here’s a photo of two deer skulls sitting in weak peroxide; one is my red deer that needed a spruce up and the other is a mummified white tailed deer skull that isn’t quite clean yet - I look forward to finishing that one, it’s always been one of my dream skulls to own!