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Carmen Mountains White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus carminis)

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Carmen Mountains White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus carminis)

General Information: Carmen Mountains White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus carminis) are a subspecies of white-tailed deer that occur in the mountains of Big Bend National Park, Texas, and mountains just across the Rio Grande River in Mexico. Carmen deer were found most often in pine—juniper—oak habitats above 4,500 feet elevation.

These deer are recognized by the antlers (similar to other white-tailed deer) and by their small stature. Carmen deer may be the smallest subspecies of white-tails in the United States.

Taxonomy: Order: Artiodactyla (Even-toed Hoofed Mammals); Family: Cervidae (Deer, Elk, Moose, Caribou).

Carmen Mountains White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus carminis)

Technical Description:

Breeding: Deer breed in the fall (fall rut) and produce 1-2 young (fawns) in the spring.

Diet: Browse, succulents, forbs, and grasses. Lecheguilla (Agave lecheguilla) and pricklypear were eaten the most, suggesting that succulents provide an important source of moisture, especially during dry months.

Carmen Mountains White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus carminis)

Range: White-tailed deer occur from southern Canada south to northern South America, but not in Nevada, Utah, northern Arizona, and adjacent areas. Carmen Mountains White-tailed Deer occur only in Big Bend National Park and adjacent mountains in Mexico.

Comments: Fewer than 1,000 Carmen deer inhabit the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park.

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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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