Who Am I? Illinois' State Animal

I can run 40 miles per hour, swim 13 miles per hour and manage 9 foot hurdles. The flash of brilliant white as I run by is where I got my name. Who am I? I'm the Illinois State Animal: White-Tailed Deer

Illinois schoolchildren voted the white-tailed deer as the state animal in 1980. An animal of incredible b
beauty and power, white-tailed deer are able to run up to 40 miles per hour, jump 9 foot fences, and swim 13 miles per hour. The white underside of the deer's tail waves when running and is flashed as a warning when danger is sensed. Fawns are born with white spots for camouflage. State Symbol USA has more.

White-tailed deer are frequently found in wooded or brushy areas and cleared areas near woody habitats. This type of habitat includes roadways, fields, pastures, and woodland clearings. Deer are generally active at night or during the hours around dawn and dusk. White-tailed deer eat a wide variety of plant food. They browse tender shoots, leaves, and twigs of shrubs and trees. They will also eat many common agricultural and garden crops. Read more about Illinois' white tailed deer.