A not-so-ordinary mature deer has been attracting attention for several weeks in east-central Iowa. The snow white deer has appeared for most evenings grazing in a hayfield.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says since the deer has no antlers it’s presumed to be a doe. It has been seen grazing for only a few minutes or up to an hour west of Solon. On a few occasions, a regular colored fawn has been seen trotting a few steps behind the pink-eared, pink-nosed doe as well.
Wildlife biologists say the odds of an albino deer are 1 in 100,000 or more. Sightings are reported every few years in Iowa. Each parent must carry the recessive gene and pass it along to the fawn.
In the 1980’s the Iowa Legislature made it illegal to hunt a predominantly white, white-tailed deer. So this one will get a “pass” come hunting season.