Cliff – Black-Tailed Deer

Cliff – Black-Tailed Deer

Cliff is a male black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) who was injured at birth and brought to the Foundation from another wildlife facility. Due to his injury at birth, he cannot be released back into the wild. Cliff will remain at the Foundation with his enclosure companions Wentz and Toby and be an ambassador to his species. The black-tailed deer’s diet changes based on season. In winter and early spring, they forage on lichens, red huckleberries, western red cedar, and deer fern. In late spring and fall, they forage on grasses, blackberries, apples, and maple. Black-tailed deer have...

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Toby – Black-Tailed Deer

Toby – Black-Tailed Deer

Toby is a male black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) who was named after one of our volunteers who is a volunteer firefighter and has helped the foundation tremendously. California Fish and Wildlife brought him to us because he was illegally owned which lead to him being imprinted by humans. Imprinting is a biological phenomenon that occurs in mammals and birds when they are babies. In nature, young animals are raise by their mothers, developing a proper concept of their own identity. In captivity, this can develop with humans. When an animal is imprinted by humans they lose their natural...

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