Molly the Mule Deer

The Southwestern Research Station in the Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, Arizona has a tame Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) named Molly. She can be seen wandering around the grounds during the day.

Molly the Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) at the Southwestern Research Station in the Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, Arizona

Molly wears a bright orange dog collar to help make her easy to spot and warn off hunters. She can be recognized as a Mule Deer by her large, mule-like ears and black-tipped tail.

Molly the Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) at the Southwestern Research Station in the Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, Arizona

Molly was an orphan, and since she was raised by humans, she is very tame and friendly.

Molly the Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) at the Southwestern Research Station in the Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, Arizona

She loves both treats…

Molly the Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) at the Southwestern Research Station in the Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, Arizona

And having her head scratched.

Molly the Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) at the Southwestern Research Station in the Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, Arizona

I did see wild deer grazing in the grassy areas at the Southwestern Research Station, but they were all White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), and thus not Molly's kin.

Category:  Arizona Mammals