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    Default Albino Sitka Blacktail

    check out the deer in the hunting photos

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    Well, it can't be a true albino, as it has eye pigment. Something strange is definitely going on, though. What a unique animal!

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    I talked to the local biologist today and he wants to see the pictures. Hopefully I'll find out more. I told my son if his friend didn't want the cape I would take it. He said his friend didn't want it but my son decided to take it and have it mounted.

    While I was typing this I got a call from my son, he was at the taxidermist and he was very glad to see it. He said he hadn't seen anything like it in the 30 years he's been doing mounts.

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    Default not albino, but piebald

    When I was in college down in Montana, a few whitetails had similar colorations. Down there they call them a "piebald" deer. I vaguely remember reading in a genetics text that it was a genetic defect. Here is a link to an article: http://www.mdwfp.com/Level2/Wildlife...sp?article=404
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    Did the piebald deer have white noses?

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    that thing is dang cool! Wish ferry trips weren't so expensive, I need some meat!
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    Looks like the same thing that's going on with Columbia blacktail down on Orcas Island in Washington, but lots of them are starting to show it. Biologists down there say it's from inbreeding a population that's too large, but without hunting or predators.

    Looks like you boys better start hunting harder for the health of your population!

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    We're doing our share. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfisherktn View Post
    Did the piebald deer have white noses?
    I never noticed. Pretty cool cape you guys got your hands on.
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    Default wow that deer is cool

    i've sen quite few piebald deer back in michigan and a seen one and heard of ghost sitka blacktail....but that one is by far it its own category i've never seen just a stripe down the face like that ...yes if the hair around an area is white any part of open skin will be a pinkish white color...just look at a dogs foot that has several dark legs and a white legs its toe nails and toe pads will be pinkish
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    Default Cool deer

    When I lived in NY I also saw a lot of piebald deer, but never one with such distinct and symetrical coloration. Normally they are blotchy with no real pattern. Nice deer.

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    The pie balds that I have seen were anything from a splotch of white the size of a apple to almost completely white with a splotch of brown, and anything inbetween. It is neat how the white seems to be symetrical in the face. The albinos, or "albino" (I have only seen one) were completely white with pink eyes. The antlers were normal though.

    No matter what though, it has unique features.

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    Default Cnanda Piebald

    Here is a piebald I took in Canada in 2005. It was the 1st one they had ever seen in the Area.
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    I talked to the local biologist this morning, he said this is only the 2nd one he's ever seen with this coloration. The other came off Admiralty. He also said Piebald is partial albino.

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    Interesting stuff kingfisher...
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    Default Tame one

    We had a tame one in Oregon we used to feed back in the mid-80's. It was one of a dozen that came down off the hills every day for free grain. You could see it at night from along ways away, it was 80% white.
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    Question Did he have a hop in his run??

    Looks half rabbit to me Seriously, have a close look at his face...odd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BucknRut View Post
    Looks half rabbit to me Seriously, have a close look at his face...odd?

    We believe we determined he was not abnormal in anything but the coloring.

    The taxidermist compared his measurements with other Sitkas in his shop and the measurements were basically the same.

    Strange though.

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    Default Very nice

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. I really enjoyed them. I have personally never seen a piebald or albino in the woods before.

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