Can you Spot the Deer?

Friday, December 15, 2023

Can you spot the deer in this photo?

  • In the fall, White-tailed deer trade their reddish summer coat for fur which is a grayish-brown color, allowing them to blend in well with the winter woodlands.
  • Their fur also helps to insulate them against the cold.
    • The outer layer of fur is long and hollow, trapping heat next to their bodies and their undercoat is made up of shorter, denser hairs that provides extra insulation.
    • Plus a thick lay of fat under the skin also helps to keep them warm.
  • Usually most active at dawn and dusk, White-tailed deer may need to spend more time searching for food during the leaner winter months, including during the day.

To learn more about White-Tailed Deer in Illinois, click here.