Deer are very common in Michigan; I see them in my backyard several times a week. Our local deer are White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Out West, the common deer are Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) who have much shorter tails, often with a black tip. (Mule Deer are sometimes called Black-tailed Deer.) Mule Deer tend to be bigger than Whitetails.
Mule Deer are named for their long ears.
This post is part of a series on a Road Trip from Kalamazoo to Wyoming.
I teach economics at Kalamazoo College. My wife is also an economist. We were on sabbatical in Europe for the 2014-15 academic year. (Salamanca, Spain, followed by Oxford, UK.) We were in Uruguay for the 2006-7 academic year.