Thanks to hundreds of deer-inflicted accident reports filed each year and a 1940s cartoon that disturbed several generations of viewers, the deer is one of the most well-known species in the U.S. In Louisiana, we have white-tailed deer, named for the white undersides of their tails.
Like many of the other animals in North Louisiana, deer are shy, elusive animals that rarely encounter people. If you’ve ever been to North Louisiana, you know that’s a flagrant lie, and if you put that in your report, your teacher will fail you. The truth is that deer are everywhere, in forested areas near roads, in roads, and, often, even in the fender of your car.
Deer are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active at dawn and dusk and are more active at night than during the day. They also often sprint across roads during low-light conditions. They can sprint up to 30 miles an hour and leap up to ten feet high and thirty feet forward. However, they freeze when they sense predators, which is undoubtedly how they view cars, since they will stop to greet oncoming traffic with their bodies.
Unlike some mammals, white-tailed deer do not hibernate and are often more active in fall and winter than in the summer. Deer are herbivores that graze on leaves, twigs, fruits, nuts, fungus, and grass and other plants, and they often find plenty of food in North Louisiana even in the winter. Deer may have ranges of several hundred acres, around which they wander in search of shelter and food.
Does (those are female deer, as any Julie Andrews fan can tell you) can be especially dangerous if they are protecting their young. Do not approach a fawn that seems to be alone, as the mother may be nearby and she may become aggressive if she feels her fawn is threatened. Deer often attack pets and people, especially when fawns are nearby. If you need to get rid of a deer in your yard, contact a local nuisance wildlife trapper to safely remove it.
Where to Find North Louisiana Deer
You can find deer in and near forests and roads.