One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of mule deer with black markings on the upper side of its tail, found west of the crest of the Cascade Mountains.
Odocoileus hemionus subsp. columbianus, family Cervidae
- ‘Columbian blacktail deer are the subspecies of blacktails native to the Bay Area and normally inhabit a 100-mile-wide band of woodlands and coastal mountains extending inland from the Pacific Ocean.’
- ‘Hair loss syndrome is a debilitating condition that causes blacktail deer to constantly chew at their fur.’
- ‘He just holed up, cooked frozen beef, and kept notes on the black-tailed deer that fed on the hay outside his window.’
- ‘Although Alaska is home to bigger, more dangerous and more glamorous big game, Sitka blacktail deer hold a special place in the hearts of some hunters.’
- ‘You'll hike through soaring redwoods, glimpsing an occasional black-tailed deer or belted kingfisher, but the payoff is the view down the green gorge of Big Sur Valley.’
- ‘Upstream there were beavers, river otters, and, though we didn't see them, brown bears, moose, Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, and wolverines.’
- ‘The man from Eugene, Oregon and has successfully hunted blacktail deer for over 30 years.’
- ‘These are the smaller blacktail deer that inhabit the coastal range from Mid-California to Alaska.’
- ‘While black-tailed deer form the majority of the wolves' prey, the researcher was surprised at the diversity of their diet.’
- ‘It was a black-tailed deer, the small coastal sub-species of the mule deer, which is found throughout western North America.’
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