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White-Tailed Deer

Pennsylvania State Animal

White-tailed deer buck; photo by Jake Dingel/PGC Photo; Pennsylvania Game Commission Photo Library (educational use permitted with attribution).

Official State Animal of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania designated the white-tailed deer as the official state animal in 1959. All State Mammals

Some farmers say that Pennsylvania's state beverage can be an effective repellent to the state animal (spraying diluted milk on garden plants apparently deters white-tailed deer). Eleven states have designated the elegant white-tailed deer as an official state symbol: Arkansa, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

White-tailed Deer Facts

The white-tailed deer is so named because the white underside of the deer's tail waves when running and is flashed as a warning when danger is sensed.

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. Both native Americans and settlers relied on the white-tailed deer for buckskin and food.