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October - White-tailed Deer
The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
is Illinois' State Animal. It is found throughout our state and is easily recognized.
In Illinois' early days, Native Americans and settlers depended on the white-tailed deer. They used its meat for food and made clothing and many other items from other parts of the animal. By the mid-1800s, the white-tailed deer was nearly eliminated from the state due to unrestricted hunting. After many years, the Illinois Department of Conservation (now the Illinois Department of Natural Resources) used wildlife management practices to increase the deer population. Today, the white-tailed deer is found in every Illinois county.
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