Did you know that albino and piebald deer differ from one another? Albino Whitetail Deer Bucks are completely white, lack pigmentation, and have pink eyes, noses, and hooves. Piebald deer are far more prevalent; according to some research, one deer in 1,000 may possess the characteristic. Albinism is even more uncommon, occurring in only one out of every 30,000 deer.
On Sunday, November 2020, Tracy Weese, a fortunate Wincousin resident, witnessed an Albino whitetail deer buck strolling through her snow-covered yard near Boulder Junction. She saw an amazing albino buck in her garden and promptly took many pictures, which subsequently soon went viral.
Weese made it clear that the deer wasn’t piebald; rather, it was albino. She said, “He rubbed his antlers and head against trees when losing his white velvet. That’s how he got the brown spots on his head.
The brown stain on his leg was his tarsal gland releasing his scent as he was in a rut (Rut refers to the deer mating season). The deer seemed as big as an average, measured from six to seven feet, and could weigh as much as 300 lbs (about 136 kg). A photo was later shared by the Vilas County Sherriff’s Office, which called the albino buck “an incredible sight to see”. Plenty of commenters called the deer “majestic” and “stunning”.
As a reminder, since Wisconsin protects all-white deer, killing them is prohibited. Hunting “albino and white deer which have a coat of all white hair, except that the hair on the tarsal glands, head or parts of the head may be of a color other than white” is illegal, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
White-tailed deer normally live six to fourteen years, however albino deer typically live less than that due to either many health ailments that lead them to die young or predation. Most albino and piebald deer perish as juveniles.