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Old Apr 28th 2010, 04:03 PM   #1
  Apr 2009
  New Athens, Illinois
Can a whitetail doe be successfully crossed with a Red deer?
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Old Apr 28th 2010, 04:14 PM   #2
  Mar 2009
  Blairstown, LA
In my many years of fooling with exotics and WT's I have never seen or heard of this hybrid. A red deer is an ungulate and a WT is a cervid.
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Old Apr 28th 2010, 04:30 PM   #3
  Apr 2009
  New Athens, Illinois
I just had to ask--I gotta go to google now and educate myself on ungulates, I was consentrating on the deer part too much
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Old Apr 28th 2010, 07:53 PM   #4
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep & Alaskan dahl sheep
The red deer (Cervus Elaphus) is quite able to cross to with the North American Elk (Cervus Canadensis) but the red deer should not be able to cross to the whitetail as they are not closely enough related. Genetically the whitetail and the red deer and are not compatible. All these animals are in the family of Cervidae.
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Old May 16th 2010, 07:46 AM   #5
  Apr 2009
Both whtietail and red deer are ungulates. The term simply means two toes or split hooves.

Elk and numerous species will hybridize, ie. sika, red deer, sambar, rusa, and pere david to name a few.

Whitetail and mule deer will cross, but not readily, usually in forced scenarios, as behavior is different between the two, and cross breeding is limited.

Google, will produce much info on hybrids among animals with some being very interesting.

Red deer and whitetail do differ some genetically and it is unlikely that they will cross breed and produce live offspring. The old adage is never say never, as goat will breed shepp, but viable offspring usually don't occur. A couple of sheep/goat hybrids have supposed to have occurred, but this if this happened it was at a very low rate, much like the crossing of camels and llamas. A few years ago, we inseminated 5 elk cows with whitetail semen, with no offspring being produced.

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