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State Mammal

State Mammal

The 1981 Legislature designated the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) as the state mammal. The white-tailed deer is an herbivorous hoofed mammal found in farmlands, brushy areas and woods. The feeding habits of white-tailed deer are flexible: they graze on green plants; eat acorns, nuts and corn in the fall; and browse on woody vegetation in the winter. White-tailed deer hunting is a popular recreational activity in Nebraska.