Piebald deer

A white, or piebald, deer in a local field.

FACEBOOK -- Upper Hudson QDMA

I hadn't heard the term "piebald" deer until a few years ago. Over the years I had seen a few whitetails with white fur, but just thought it was some sort of color variation. Two springs ago, I saw a piebald doe over in Pawlet, Vermont, during a trout fishing outing over that way.

Upper Hudson Valley QDMA recently posted on its Facebook page a picture of a white-and-brown deer in the region, and asked followers if they had seen any.

There were quite a few pictures posted in response, which was surprising to me. Readers had photos of piebald deer from the Cossayuna, Schuylerville and northern Rensselaer County areas. I didn't realize they were that prevalent.

Unfortunately, that white fur is often not just indicative of a color issue, but these deer often have genetic problems too, which can be passed on to their young. QDMA's website has an interesting article about the condition, linked here.

I'm not sure what I would do if given the opportunity to take a piebald deer. The Native Americans left them alone, believing it was bad luck to shoot them, and they seemed to know a lot more about nature's spirits than we do.

-- Don Lehman



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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