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I have been hearing that the deer around your forest are turning white. Why is that?

They were born that way. They are imported deer from Europe, not native Whitetails.


In New York there have been sightings of white deer. These are mutants and are called albinos. They lack the ability to synthesize the skin pigment melanin and thus have no skin, hair, or eye color. Perhaps you have seen an albino rat or rabbit. Sometimes people inherit (or acquire) this mutation. These people can be photosensitive because their eyes and are not protected from some sunlight. I know of an Army encampment that has had the deer inbreeding for several generations (hunting is not allowed). Albinos are thought to be rare in nature also in part to their visibility as prey. Where are the European white deer found?

Michael B Lomonaco

Argonne National Laboratory has a herd of imported European white deer roaming around the site. Not to be outdone, Fermilab has a herd of Bison. No weird atomic mutants to report, sorry.


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