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We make the process of finding and buying caribou deer antlers for sale a breeze. Just scroll through our available listings directly below and click on the ones you're interested in. As you may already know, caribou (aka reindeer), are a unique deer species in which both the males and females grow antlers. Unlike other deer species who only need their antlers for sparring, caribou use them for foraging food buried deep in the snow-covered wilderness. However, this is just one of the many reasons why both genders possess antlers.

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Caribou Information

Caribou Deer With Antlers

Caribou Deer With Antlers

The caribou (Rangifer tarandus) is a deer species found in North America, Europe, Greenland and Asia. One of the major distinctions in caribou is that both male and female develop antlers. Each year, the caribou sheds their antlers around the end of winter and begin growing new ones when spring approaches. While both genders grow antlers, the male's antlers are typically larger and more complex than the females. There are a select few subspecies in which the female caribou lacks antlers altogether. So, what do caribou use their antlers for? Because they tend to live in cold northern regions, the winter season frequently blankets the landscape with snow, making it difficult for some of the native wildlife to find food. Thankfully, however, caribou are able to dig deep into the snow using their large and majestic-like antlers. In addition, to foraging for food, caribou also use their antlers to spar with one another and to defend themselves against natural predators.

Caribou also use their large hooves, which contain small holes in the center of them, to forage the landscape in search of food. If there's a thick blanket of snow covering edible vegetation, a caribou will scoop the snow out with their hooves in order to reach the food. The small "cookie-cutter" cut-outs in their hooves make perfect tools to scoop out snow on the ground. As a result, they've adapted well to the cold, harsh environments of the northern hemisphere.

Caribou are considered a medium-to-large sized deer with the males weighing between 300-400 pounds and the females weighing between 180-250 pounds. In terms of appearance, they generally have a thicker, longer coat of fur than whitetails or other common deer species. In fact, caribou actually have two separate coats of fur - a soft, dense coat close to their body and a long coat of hollowed-out hair on the exterior for an extra layer of thermal insulation. This allows them to endure even the harshest winter storms and below-freezing conditions.

It's important to note that the color of the caribou's fur varies from almost a snow-white to a dark charcoal-grey. Typically, the further north the caribou resides, the whiter its coat will be. This naturally occurs so they will blend into the snowy environment more easily. The Peary subspecies is known to possess the whitest coat of all caribou.

Caribou Antlers

Caribou Antlers

Caribou Diet and Feeding Habits

Like other deer, caribou are ruminants, meaning they have a multi-chambered stomach. This allows them to eat and digest things other animals and people, would otherwise not be able to. Typically, a healthy caribou eats roughly 12 pounds of food consisting of willow leaves, birch leaves, grasses, shrubs, plants, mushrooms and other vegetation. When food is scarce, caribou have also been known to consume lemmings and other small rodents found in their environment.

Contrary to what some people may think, caribou are very capable runners, reaching speeds of 50mph at full force. When winter comes, caribou use their running ability to migrate further south into warmer areas where food is more easily accessible food. It's not uncommon for them to travel over 30 miles per day when migrating, which is an impressive distance considering their size and the mountainous terrain in parts of Canada.

Interesting Caribou Facts

  • Large golden eagles have been known to attack and feed on young caribou calves.
  • Pregnant caribous keep their antlers until giving birth, at which point they shed them.
  • There are a total of 8 living caribou subspecies divided into 2 major groups - the tundra and woodland reindeer.
  • In Europe, caribou are domesticated and used to pull sleds through the snow.
  • The average caribou weighs around 400 to 500 pounds, although some have been reported to exceed 800 pounds.
  • Humans have hunted the caribou for hundreds of years for their meat, hide, antlers and other resources.
  • The first reindeer encounter for many children is that of Santa Claus.
  • Scientists believe that reindeer are the only mammals capable of seeing ultraviolet light.

Caribou Antler Growth and Development

Caribou antlers are quite distinct and easy to identify based on some of their unique characteristics. As you can see from the image listed above, their antlers spider outwards in a way that's similar to other deer species. However, they generally remain symmetrical and pointy throughout their development, making them a prize for antler collectors. Given the large size of caribou, a complete set of antlers can be quite large and complex.

Like all other deer species, caribou shed their antlers for the purpose of growing new ones. The timing varies depending on a number of different factors, but it usually occurs immediately after their mating season. If you live in Alaska, Canada or any other region populated with caribou, your best chance at finding shed antlers is during the spring and summer months when the snow has melted and the ground is uncovered.

Tundra Caribou Subspecies

  • Peary caribou (Rangifer tarandus pearyi)
  • Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus)
  • Mountain reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus)
  • Grant's caribou (Rangifer tarandus granti)
  • Barren-ground caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus)
  • Arctic reindeer (tarandus eogroenlandicus) *extinct*

Woodland Caribou Subspecies

  • Finnish forest reindeer (Rangifer tarandus fennicus)
  • Migratory woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou)
  • Queen Charlotte Islands caribou (Rangifer tarandus dawsoni) *extinct*

Video Describing The Differences Between Caribou and Reindeer

Although reindeer and caribou are typically used to describe the same species of deer, there is a subtle, yet notable, difference between the two. In the video displayed above, Leslie, a grad student from Alaska's Reindeer Research Program, explains the difference between the two. Essentially, she reveals how reindeer are bred in captivity their entire life for their meat and hides. while caribou refers to the wild deer species of Rangifer tarandus. This can undoubtedly be confusing to some people, but the important thing to remember is that reindeer are raised in captivity and caribou fend for themselves in the wild.

Male Caribou

Male Caribou

References:

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/caribou/

http://www.npca.org/protecting-our-parks/wildlife_facts/caribou.html

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/caribou/

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