Common Name: White-tailed Deer
Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus
Habitat: Prefers forest edges but has adapted to a variety of habitats in the Commonwealth.
Diet: Herbivorous—diet reflects seasonal availability of browsing and grazing vegetation.
This is undoubtedly our most popular game species. The spots found on a white-tailed deer fawn represent a form of cryptic coloration. Meant to simulate the appearance of sunlight filtering through trees onto the forest floor, a fawn can go undetected while lying motionless only a few feet from a potential predator.