photographers note: Laying in a pool of rain water to cool down on a hot evening, a Whitetail buck gives an inquisitive and intrigued look at his reflection; most likely his first time seeing it. Virginia
Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is home to wildlife like this cute fawn, who wandered away from its mother to munch on spring plants. To share more National Park experiences like this one, join us for a Shenandoah Instameet on Saturday, April 23, as part of our National Park Week celebrations. We’ll meet at the Stonyman Trail parking lot (Mile 41.7 on the Skyline Drive) at 4:30 pm ET and take pictures along the way. Everyone is welcome to join the fun and we hope to see you there – be sure to share your photos with us afterwards using #ShenNPS and #FindYourPark!
-also known as the Virginia deer or simply as the whitetail, is a medium-sized deer native to the United States (all but five of the states), Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America as far south as Peru. Males compete for the opportunity of breeding females. Sparring among males determines a dominance hierarchy Bucks will attempt to copulate with as many females as possible, losing physical condition since they rarely eat or rest during the rut. The general geographical trend is for the rut to be shorter in duration at increased latitude. There are many factors as to how intense the “rutting season” will be. Air temperature is one major factor of this intensity. If there are fewer males or more females, then the selection process will not need to be as competitive.