The white-tailed deer is one of the most common species found in Deer Creek State Park. The deer are usually seen alone or in small groups, often grazing in meadows and open areas. If you’re lucky enough to spot a white-tailed deer, be sure to keep your distance as they can become easily startled if approached too closely.
Mule deer are slightly larger than their white-tailed counterparts and can be seen throughout the park, usually in two or more groups. The bucks typically have large racks with impressive antlers that they use for protection during the rutting season. These deer prefer to stay clear of human activity, so observing them from afar is best. If you have the opportunity to spot a mule deer in its natural habitat, be sure to take advantage of it and admire its beauty. Mule deer can often be found grazing on shrubs and foraging for nuts and berries during summer.
There are several species of hawks that call Deer Creek State Park home. These raptors can usually be seen soaring above the park, scanning for prey below. Look closely and you may even spot a hawk perched on a tree branch or nearby rock formation, allowing for some great photo opportunities. Hawks typically hunt during the day, so it's best to keep your eyes peeled for these majestic birds in the morning and early afternoon. They feed on a wide variety of prey, including rodents, insects, snakes, small mammals and other birds. Seeing one of these predators swooping down with lightning speed to capture their next meal is an incredible sight that will be sure to leave a lasting impression.
Bald eagles can also be spotted throughout the park during warmer months. These majestic birds tend to be solitary and can be seen soaring high above, scanning for food. If you're lucky enough, you may even spot a bald eagle swooping down to catch its prey in its talons. When observing these birds from afar, be sure to bring your binoculars for a better view. To ensure the safety of these majestic creatures, please do not disturb or feed them as they are an endangered species.