The most common wild animal roaming the Adirondack region is the white-tailed deer. You can see these beautiful creatures near our Camp because their natural habitat is a bushy field and forest edges.
Here are some facts about our friends:
- The white-tailed deer are ungulates – hoofed animals that use their toes to sustain their whole body weight when moving.
- White-tailed deer molt twice a year which means that starting in September the white-tailed deer will appear with a longer and thicker gray color coat which helps insulate the deer from the heavy Adirondack winter. While in summer time around June the White Tailed deer will sport a reddish-brown coat.
- Male white-tailed deer grow antlers every year starting in April; and by September they are complete, just in time for late fall breeding season.
- White-tailed deer are classified as vegetarians/browsers; their diet includes leaves, soft shoots, or fruits of high-growing, generally woody, plants such as shrubs. Adult deer need about 5-7 lbs of food per day.
- According to wildadirondacks.org “The Adirondack deer population is estimated at 60,000-80,000.”
Next time you are in the area be on the lookout for our deer friends.