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Title: Keep trophy records honest: Identifying whitetail/mule deer hybrids

Author: Heffelfinger, Jim; Prive, Renee; Paetkau, David; Alcala-Galvan, Carlos; Lopez, Roy; Kornfield, Irv; Buckner, Eldon;

Date: 2012

Source: Fair Chase. 27(4): 66-70.

Publication Series: Magazines or Trade Publications

Description: Humans have always been fascinated by hybrids. Consider such classic monsters as Wolfman, Dracula, and Mothmanor heroes such as Spiderman, Batman, and Catwoman. This trend pre-dates Hollywood by millennia; the "Minotaur" in Greek mythology was half man and half bull. Our fascination with creatures that are half one thing and half another extends to wildlife. Early naturalists often described new animals as a combination of parts from animals already known to them. Even the mule deer was described by John ]. Audubon in 1846 as having fur like an elk, but hooves like a whitetail.

Keywords: whitetail/mule deer hybrids

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Heffelfinger, Jim; Prive, Renee; Paetkau, David; Alcala-Galvan, Carlos; Lopez, Roy; Kornfield, Irv; Buckner, Eldon. 2012. Keep trophy records honest: Identifying whitetail/mule deer hybrids. Fair Chase. 27(4): 66-70.

 


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