Friends of Kootenay Blog

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Deer from the Rear

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The upper side of the White-tailed Deer’s tail is usually the same colour as their body or
in some individuals like this one a darker brown.
- Photo by Larry Halverson

It is not obvious how White-tailed Deer got it’s name until you see them flee. As they run, their tails flip up and flares out, revealing an obvious white flag. It is thought they do this “fagging” to help young fawns follow their moms, startle predators or warn other deer.

White-tailed Deer are the most often seen ungulate in Kootenay National Park,
particularly in the Kootenay Valley.
Photo by Larry Halverson