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Sitka Black-Tailed Deer
Traits: Small, hoofed mammal with long legs; reddish brown fur; black tail; antlers on male in fall

Habitat: Coastal hemlock-spruce forest; old-growth forest is critical for winter survival.

Foods: Herbs and shrubs (bunchberry and trailing bramble); blueberry, hemlock, arboreal lichens in winter

Eaten by: Wolves, brown bears, humans

Do You Know? This deer is native to Southeast Alaska, but humans moved some to Yakutat and to Kodiak and Afognak islands.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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