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White-Tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus

The white-tailed deer is the legendary Bambi, the deer everyone knows and loves. The species is not native to Finland. It was introduced here in 1934, in Vesilahti’s Laukko, when Finnish Americans brought the first animals over as gifts. The population has spread significantly in southwestern and southern Finland. In the Häme/Tavastia region, the white-tailed deer is a notable game animal.

Here’s how you know a white-tailed deer

The bucks have antlers that grow in branches. The height of a white-tailed deer’s back is around one meter. White-tailed deer have a reddish-brown coat and a long tail that is white from the bottom. When running, white-tailed deer hold their tails up.

Conservation status

LC stands for “least concern.” The species is well-known, and the population is abundant or stable.

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