White Deer Attract Attention in Southeast Missouri

Posted: Dec 1, 2013 10:03 AM by The Associated Press

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CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) - White deer in Cape Girardeau are attracting attention in southeastern Missouri.

A white doe has been seen eating in a grassy field among a herd of other deer, and several people have watched a white fawn grow into a buck that now roams inside Cape Girardeau's city limits. The Southeast Missouri reports that it is unclear how many white deer are in the area.

The Missouri Department of Conservation does not track the number of albinos in the state's deer herd. Some organizations have estimated albinos occur in 1 in 10,000 or 1 in 100,000 deer.

Albinos lack pigment and are white with a pink nose and pink around their eyes. Because they lack the brown camouflage of other deer, they are more susceptible to predation.

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