Why is this deer so small?

By Grant Woods,

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I noticed today that I have a deer about the size of a fawn (no spots ), I know that it’s possible that it’s mom was breed late, or could this be from something else. Sorry no pics of the deer. Also wondered if you thought if it might grow out of this?


There’s always a few abnormally small and large deer.  The abnormally large deer tend to be harvested before they mature due to their size.  So few of these live long enough to express their potential.  

There have been a few dwarf deer reported.  However they are extremely rare.  I suspect your assumption that this deer was a late born fawn that now has a winter coat (no spots) is correct.

Enjoy creation,


February 5, 2016