Mule deer frolic in Aguanga

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A pair of mule deer bucks watch over the does, looking for danger. Anza Valley Outlook/Jesse Hernandez photo
Deer are a rare sight in most of the Anza Valley, preferring areas well away from humans and their hustle and bustle. But when they tiptoe silently into view, they inspire respect and awe. The species of deer in the mountain communities is the mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus, named for their huge ears, similar to those of mules. Photographer Jesse Hernandez captured these images of a local herd feeding and playing in a meadow in Aguanga. Mule deer live in diverse habitats, ranging from deserts, to foothills and mountain peaks. They can be seen in chaparral, forests and grasslands. Besides huge ears, mule deer also have a black tipped tail. The male is called a buck, the female is a doe, and their offspring are referr
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