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Nature: The Private Life Of Deer

From coast to coast, some 30 million white-tailed deer make their home in the United States. Deer are the most highly studied mammals in the world, but does the typical homeowner with deer in the yard know how long deer can live? When they sleep? How many babies a doe can have each year? In NATURE's "The Private Life Of Deer," enter the hidden world of white-tailed deer outfitted with night-vision cameras and GPS tracking equipment to see them not as common backyard creatures, but as intelligent, affectionate family members.

Deer in front of house.

Deer in front of house.

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A large stag stops by a truck.

A large stag stops by a truck.

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Key deer on side of the road.

Key deer on side of the road.

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Key deer fawn.

Key deer fawn.

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Two whitetail bucks venturing out during the rut.

Two whitetail bucks venturing out during the rut.

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Close-up photo of a doe's face. Deer keep their distance and remain fully alert around humans.

Close-up photo of a doe's face. Deer keep their distance and remain fully alert around humans.

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A whitetail doe and buck.

A whitetail doe and buck.

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Cornell ecologist Bernd Blossey sets a trail cam to record deer behavior.

Cornell ecologist Bernd Blossey sets a trail cam to record deer behavior.

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Cornell ecologist Bernd Blossey observes how deer handle an unexpected threat.

Cornell ecologist Bernd Blossey observes how deer handle an unexpected threat.

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The tails of these whitetail deer are ready to go up, a signal that danger is near.

The tails of these whitetail deer are ready to go up, a signal that danger is near.

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Whitetail deer getting ready to run.

Whitetail deer getting ready to run.

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Deer can jump over an 8-foot obstacle. Sometimes from a running start they can clear a bit more than that.

Deer can jump over an 8-foot obstacle. Sometimes from a running start they can clear a bit more than that.

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Stags prepare to fight during the rut.

Stags prepare to fight during the rut.

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Stags with antlers locked in battle during the rut.

Stags with antlers locked in battle during the rut.

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The sighting of an albino deer is a rare and magical moment.

The sighting of an albino deer is a rare and magical moment.

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