The mule deer is indigenous to western North America and is named for its ears, which are large like those of a mule. Mule deer are generally associated with land west of the Missouri River, and more specifically with the Rocky Mountain region of North America.
Mule deer females usually give birth to two fawns, although if it is their first pregnancy, they often have just one. This alert yearling must keep aware of its surroundings and keep hidden from predators. It stopped only breifly, striking this pose, allowing a photo opportunity before returning to cover of the surrounding forest.