( Odocoileus virginianus)
By Becky Hingley, Conservation Intern
The white-tailed deer is the most common member of the Cervidae family to be found in Pennsylvania. Cervids, which also include moose, elk, caribou, and mule deer, are mammals classified by their split-hoof, lack of incisor teeth, and 4 chamber stomach. However, despite the white-tailed deer's abundance, they are difficult to see in nature because of their highly-developed senses and danger-response mechanisms. White-tailed deer have superb senses, both at night and during the day, which allow them to sense danger immediately. When they sense danger they are able to take-off, reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour and jumping 9 feet high and 25 feet wide. As a result, deer are often seen throughout Pennsylvania but are usually scared away when startled by humans. The open fields and nature trails of Fort Roberdeau provide a great opportunity to see deer in their natural habitat.