Last One Over The Fence
Mule deer can easily jump a fence. It does take confidence and skill. In this case a small herd of 6 does and one buck encounter a barbed wire fence. Five does jump and one goes under. They also get plenty of practice since the ranches and range lands are cluttered with fences in Summit County, Colorado. Some landowners, considerate of the wildlife, will remove the bottom strand to allow wildlife to move easily under the fence. If only that were the case for all ranchers and fences. No doubt, this one deer will eventually learn to jump over the fence.
The buck patiently watches and waits until all of its herd members have cleared the fence. Then it easily jumps over the fence to lead the herd across Ute Pass road, over another fence, then out into the range land in search of grazing vegetation.
Canon 7D Mark 2, Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 Mark 2, 1/2000 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800
Canon 7D Mark 2, Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 Mark 2, 1/1600 sec, f/8.0, ISO 640
On another occasion and location last spring, I was able to capture on video a small herd of mule deer jumping a fence. All it takes is one to start: