State Animal -- White-tailed Deer: The state animal was selected by a vote of Illinois schoolchildren in 1980. The white-tailed deer was selected from candidates nominated by the General Assembly and the Illinois State Museum. A bill was signed into law by Gov. James R. Thompson, effective Jan. 1, 1982. The deer, native to North America, has a gray coat that turns reddish brown in summer and an eye-catching tail that is bright white on the underside.
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The following information was excerpted from the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Government, Chapter 5, Section 460/45.
CHAPTER 5 - GENERAL PROVISIONS.
(5 ILCS 460/) State Designations Act.
(5 ILCS 460/45)
Sec. 45. State animal. The animal Odocoileus virginianus, commonly known as the "white-tailed deer", is designated the official State animal of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 87-273.)
Illinois Compiled Statutes. Legislative Reference Bureau. 2009. 6 April 2009 <http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs.asp>
State Symbols. 2005-2006 Illinois Blue Book. 2009. 6 April 2009 <http://www.sos.state.il.us/publications/illinois_bluebook/2005_2006/state_local_government_facts/statesymbols.pdf>
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus): National Wildlife Foundation's eNature.com field guide.
Odocoileus virginianus - White-tailed deer: Information about white-tailed deer from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - North American Mammals.
Odocoileus virginianus - White-tailed deer: Information about white-tailed deer from the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology - Animal Diversity Web.
Odocoileus virginianus (Zimmermann, 1780) - White-tailed deer: Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
Odocoileus virginianus (White-tailed deer): CalPhoto photographs. The Biodiversity Sciences Technology group (BSCIT), a part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums at the University of California, Berkeley.
State Mammals: Complete list of official state mammals.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Illinois state symbols.
White-Tailed Deer, by Mark Raycroft. 144 pages. Firefly Books (September 1, 1999) As a wildlife biologist, I have been studying white-tailed deer for over a decade. In this time, I have acquired extensive knowledge of the natural history and complex behavioral patterns of this appealing animal. But most of all, I have spent countless hours up close, personally studying and photographing hundreds of these graceful creatures.
White Tailed Deer - Coffee Mug, Microwave safe, FDA approved. Image is printed on both sides of the mug.
Photographs and prints: Photographs, prints, posters of white-tailed deer; bucks, does, and fawns.