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During the hunting season of 1947, Leonard Nygren shot a deer near Pillager, Cass County, Minnesota. The deer, which weighed 153 pounds dressed, was disqualified in a sportsman's contest because it was not considered a white-tailed deer, according to a newspaper report. The report was investigated and the animal in question was identified as a mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus. This extends the known range of this deer in Minnesota nearly 100 miles to the east. John Jarosz, Museum Preparator, and the writer went to Nygren's place nine miles north of Pillager and measured and skinned the animal which is now specimen number 2457 in the Minnesota Museum of Natural History collection. The . total length of the animal was 72 inches, the ears were 10 inches, the metatarsal gland was 7 inches long, and the tail had a black tip. The vertical tine of the antler was not dichotomously branched, although quite long.