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    Albino Whitetail Deer

    While taking my life into my hands yesterday (translation: biking on the WOD trail on a warm Saturday morning, yikes!) a herd of whitetails kept pace with me, running and jumping, for about 200 yards. To my amazement one of them was totally albino-- I have never seen that before.
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    Cool. Start bringing the camera!
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    I did a Google search and it turns out it was a 'Piebald' whitetail, not a true albino. There are pictures here which looks *exactly* like the one I saw (the short legs threw me when I saw mine)

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    Cool.
    Which part of the trail and what time of day?
    I don't see too many deer along the W&OD. Sometimes between Vienna and Hunter's Mill, or out by Leesburg Airport. Usually have better luck on the upper part of the Rock Creek Trail or on the C&O.

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    Yes, a piebald deer does have brown spots, but either way it is a wonderful sight. Both piebald and albino deer are protected in Illinois and are a rare sight.

    I have never seen a white deer while riding a bike. In all my years of being outdoors I have only seen one.

    There are does with antlers, but I do not remember what they are called. I have onlly sen these does at shows. Who knows, maybe I have seen one and thought it was a small buck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cc_rider
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    Which part of the trail and what time of day?
    I don't see too many deer along the W&OD. Sometimes between Vienna and Hunter's Mill....
    That's exactly where it was, that marshy area about a mile west of Vienna.
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    Yes, there is a herd of white deer that one sees around the former Seneca Army Depot in upstate NY, between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. At one time it was thought that nuclear warheads were being stored there, which makes you wonder.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemoryl
    Yes, there is a herd of white deer that one sees around the former Seneca Army Depot in upstate NY, between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. At one time it was thought that nuclear warheads were being stored there, which makes you wonder.....
    Naah. Radiation turns you green with muscles . Since being white reduces your survival chances for deer white animals have a better chance of living to breeding age in parks and around munitions depots where hunting is banned. No white deer around our area, we have the occasional mountain lion show up in the outskirts of town
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    Thats what I love about northern Kalifornia. Very few peple hunt, so local animals aren't afraid of humans. While staying with a relative in Oakland once, I literaly saw a deer walking down the street in the middle of the night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edp773
    Both piebald and albino deer are protected in Illinois and are a rare sight.
    why are they protected? the primary reason behind allowing people to hunt is to make man replace "natural" predators - which removes deer with genetic traits non-conducive to the survival of the herd and species. showing up really well in the woods and not being able to run fast are pretty non-conducive to survival, imho.

    not saying they aren't attractive animals (sort of). but it seems unwise to promote an unhealthy mutation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edp773
    Yes, a piebald deer does have brown spots, but either way it is a wonderful sight. Both piebald and albino deer are protected in Illinois and are a rare sight.

    Her in KY I see 2 or 3 piebalds a year - have seen one albino (picture attached)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhota
    why are they protected? the primary reason behind allowing people to hunt is to make man replace "natural" predators - which removes deer with genetic traits non-conducive to the survival of the herd and species. showing up really well in the woods and not being able to run fast are pretty non-conducive to survival, imho.

    not saying they aren't attractive animals (sort of). but it seems unwise to promote an unhealthy mutation.

    Paul Shelton, the lead deer biologist in Illinois, said the main reason states
    protect albino deer is political rather than biological. Public pressure, he
    said, is often behind the law.

    A 1983 outcry from the public made the law get passed after the media jumped all over a hunter killing an albino deer.
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    I almost got taken out by a deer on W&OD about 1/2 mile before
    Vienna (after crossing Gallows road coming from Falls Church) one
    early morning back a few years (ok 15). Used to see them quite a bit and there
    weren't that many cyclists/joggers/bladers etc. so they startled really easily.
    this one bolted right across the trail about a yard in front of me, luckily I saw
    movement out of the corner of my eye and was braking when he bolted.
    Never saw the piebald deer but I like pie.
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    i guess i can understand the public pressure thing; "awww, they so cute."

    still think it's dumb. since we were dumb enough to kill off a large part of the food chain, we have the responsibility to replace it.

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