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Deer facts to ponder

July 17, 2010
By Garry Brandenburg, Times-Republican

DEER are out and about, and if you are in the right place at the right time, you may see one or several as they break into the open along roadways or wander into backyards for flower treats to eat. Young bucks are growing antlers complete with a velvety fuzzy covering rich in blood supplies to provide for the fastest accumulation of calcium known to nature. All members of the deer family Cervidae grow antlers. For big deer like moose, that is an impressive set of head gear to grow in one season. Caribou, mule deer, blacktail deer and elk grow their own recognizable patterns of antlers. Antlers are shed each year and new growth starts the following spring. Antlers are bone material.



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