Mule Deer, Common Sight in Sedona, Arizona
A herd of mule deer pass through a field on a sunny morning in Northern Arizona. The most striking difference between the white-tailed deer and the mule deer are the ears: mule deer have large ears that resemble a mule! The other differences are size (mule deer are larger) and the black tip on their tail, not a characteristic of white-tailed deer. Another difference is found in the antlers: in mule deer, the antlers grow in a forked pattern, but white-tailed deer antlers grow from a single sprout. Mule deer may also be significantly larger than white-tailed deer. Learn more about the mule deer at the National Parks website.