Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Carmen Mountains White-tailed Deer

The deer in the Chisos Mountains of the Big Bend National Park are a small race named the Carmen Mountains White-tailed Deer. The Chisos Mountains and adjacent Mexican ranges are the only places to find these animals. Because hunting and livestock grazing are prohibited in the national park, the deer in the park are not endangered—they are common above 4500 feet.  Krausman and Ables (1981) conclude, "Big Bend is probably the only area remaining where the Carmen deer may continue to maintain a healthy, reproducing population in a natural state.”

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