Even-toed Ungulates (Order: Artiodactyla)Mule Deer; Photo by Mike Benard

Deer and allies (Cervidae Family)

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are abundant at Quail Ridge, and are frequently observed feeding along the roads, primarily around dusk and dawn. They are browsers, foraging on tender leaves of shrubs. Fawns are white-spotted for about 3 months after birth.

Pigs (Suidae Family)

To date feral hogs (Sus scrofa) have not been identified at Quail Ridge. This is good, as feral hogs can be extremely damaging ecologically. Their sign is likely to be the first indication of their presence: when rooting for food they tear up the understory and soil of a site, much as if a small rototiller had been operated on a patch of habitat. Hogs are highly prolific, often having 6-12 young in a litter. Adults are variable but readily distinguished as pigs.

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Photo Credits: Title, Mule Deer and other Mule Deer (Mike Benard). For more pictures see: http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/photos/fauna/

This page last updated: June 24, 2005  


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