Zion Mountain Ranch sits in a wildlife corridor that is a migration route for mule deer every spring and fall. Throughout the winter, hundreds of deer move openly on the Zion Mountain Ranch property. These deer move to higher ground during the warmer summer months. Wild turkeys, bobcats and mountain lions comprise some of the other large animals that are prevalent in the area. In particular, wild turkey populations have grown on the property and our visitors frequently see large numbers of wild turkey moving across the property as they forage for food. There are many other birds that roam the property as well, including vultures, hawks and eagles.
Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are part of the deer or cervid family along with moose, elk and caribou. A unique feature of the cervid family is that the males of the species grow boney antlers that are shed each year. Mule deer are named such because of their large ears which resemble those of mules. Mule deer males, females and young are known as bucks, does, and fawns respectively. Fawns are born as singles or more commonly as twins after a gestation period of approximately 7 months. Fawns are normally born during the month of June. Fawns grow rapidly and are large enough by late fall to survive Utah ‘s cold, snowy winters. The antlers of bucks begin to grow as soon as the old antlers are shed in late winter. Bucks will generally live apart from the does and fawns through the summer antler growing period. The velvet which covers and provides nourishment to the growing antlers begins to shed in early September. The time of antler shedding occurs in late winter. (Text courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources).
Zion Mountain Ranch has a herd of buffalo roaming on several hundred acres at Zion Mountain Ranch. Every spring, several buffalo calves are born (usually 8 to 12) and our guests thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to see these young bison.Click here to learn more