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White-tailed Deer

New Hampshire State Animal

White-tailed deer fawn; photo by Michael Witzel (coolstock) on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

White-tailed Deer

New Hampshire designated the white-tailed deer as state animal in 1983. 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. The white underside of the deer's tail waves when running and is flashed as a warning when danger is sensed. Both native Americans and settlers relied on the white-tailed deer for buckskin and food.

Eleven states have designated the white-tailed deer as a state symbol: Arkansas - Illinois - Michigan - Mississippi - Nebraska - New Hampshire - Ohio - Oklahoma - Pennsylvania - South Carolina - Wisconsin.