Stot if you got it!
Mule deer are named for their large ears. They live in varied habitats throughout Yellowstone: brushy areas, grasslands, and coniferous forests.
Wolves sometimes prey on mule deer, especially fawns, although they usually prefer larger, slower elk. Mule deer often use a distinctive bounding leap called stotting (or pronking) which allows them to cover uneven terrain efficiently and may signal their health (don't bother chasing me, Big Bad Wolf!). This makes them challenging prey to catch. Mule deer also have sharp hooves and pointy antlers which smart wolves avoid.
Fawns will start out hiding – scentless and motionless – in early summer. Once they are mobile, fawns stay close to their mothers and can also run fast.