It’s been a fun weekend. LG and I were pretty busy, but it seemed everywhere we went there were mule deer. She practiced volleyball with a friend at our local park, and these deer didn’t even give she or her friend a second look.
I caught him rubbing his musk glands when his lady friend wasn’t looking. Nope. He’s not squatting. He’s just “applying a little cologne” for her. Mule deer have two glands beneath black, furry spots on their back legs. They will urinate a little on these spots to enhance the scent from the glands. They rub their legs together to secrete the scent (pheromone). It’s a way of expressing dominance, especially during rut (mating season).
He and his lady friend were headed up the road. Just after “playing basketball”. I did not witness it myself, but I’ve heard what that is code for.
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