Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis
This deer species is unique to the temperate rainforests of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia. Averaging 70-120 lbs (30-55 kg), this is the second smallest deer in North America.
These deer are dependent upon old growth forests and the coastline to protect them from snow build up. Their specific habitat needs mean their range rarely overlaps with that of moose. Due to their small, stocky bodies, Sitka deer who fail to reach the safety of forest or the bare coastline may become trapped by deep snow. This deer is a favorite food source for subsistence hunters, wolves, and occasionally bears.