Photo: Mule deer with velvet

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Grand Mesa National Forest

credit: Coniah Boda

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This photo captures a mule deer whose antlers are covered in velvet, a fuzzy skin that delivers nutrients to the growing antler. Once the antler has reached its full size, the velvet disappears and the antler dies.

Coniah Boda photographed this deer in Grand Mesa National Forest, near Grand Junction, Colorado.

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