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White-Tailed Deer

Georgia State Mammal

Beautiful white-tailed deer fawns. Photo by Dave Miller ( / Flickr (use permitted with attribution/no derivative works).

Official State Mammal of Georgia

Georgia designated white-tailed deer as the official state mammal in 2015 thanks to efforts made by a group of elementary school students at Reese Road Leadership Academy in Muscogee County (Georgia also recognizes an official state marine mammal). All State Mammals

White-tailed deer range throughout Georgia - from forests to coastal marshes. These elegant deer have a reddish brown coat in summer that turns grayish brown in winter.  The white underside of the deer's tail is used to flash warnings and waves while deer run.

An animal of incredible beauty and power, white-tailed deer are able to run up to 40 miles per hour, jump 9 foot fences, and swim 13 miles per hour. White-tailed deer browse on leaves, buds, twigs, and a wide variety of plants. They also eats acorns, fruits, mushrooms, and agricultural crops like alfalfa, corn, and soybeans.