California mule deer Odocoileus hemionus subsp. californicus is a subspecies of mule deer whose range covers much of the state of CaliforniaThis subspecies Odocoileus hemionus californicus, is widespread throughout northern and central California in the California coastal prairie as well as inner coastal ranges and interior mountains especially the Sierra Nevada. This deer will much less frequently be found on the floor of the interior valleys and then it will mostly frequent riparian zones.California mule deer usually browse close to lakes or streams providing their water source. From that reference point of water consumption they may roam one to two miles and typically make their beds in grassy areas beneath trees within such a one mile distance radius from both water and forage.Repeated beds will often be scratched to a nearly level surface, about two meters in diameter. Less regularly used bedding areas are manifested as flattened grass. On hot summer days California mule deer often seek shade and rest in the mid day.
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