Friends of Kootenay Blog

Access stories and photos about the natural and human history of Kootenay National Park and Columbia Valley Includes highlights about the Friends of Kootenay National Park activities and programs.

 

Swivel Ears

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Mule Deer Fawn - Photo by Larry Halverson

 
One of the Mule Deer’s most distinct features is its big "mule-like" ears. Each ear rotates independently like a scanning radar. 

Without this early warning system, the Mule Deer could not detect as easily the rustle of a cougar slipping up from behind. Although in this case the fawn has his back up against a wall preventing any ambush from behind.