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DNR Investigates Death of Albino Deer near Gordon

This is believed to be one of the last pictures taken of an albino deer in the Gordon, Wis., area before its death. The DNR is investigating. This is believed to be one of the last pictures taken of an albino deer in the Gordon, Wis., area before its death. The DNR is investigating. |  Photo: Submitted

November 21, 2017 02:24 PM

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating the death of an albino deer in Douglas County.

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The deer was recently found dead in the Gordon area and with an obvious wound, though the cause of the wound has not been officially determined. The DNR retrieved the deer and is storing it in a freezer in Spooner.

Mike Zeckmeister, the DNR's Northern District Supervisor based out of Spooner, said that it appears the deer may have been killed prior to the opening of the deer season. That's because the hair was starting to slip out and the deer was bloating when it was retrieved.

Zeckmeister said they have no leads on who shot the deer, but urged anyone with information to call the DNR's tip line at 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367). He thanked the hunter who brought it to their attention.

Albino deer have been protected under Wisconsin state law since 1940. Albinism is caused by a genetic mutation and is very rare, though there can sometimes be areas with higher populations of albino deer.


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