Tours to see rare white deer herd end

A herd of white deer occupy a former Army depot in New York state. ©BrianAdler

About 75 white deer occupy a former Army depot in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The deer are leucistic — they lack the normal pigment that makes other white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) dark. They have been a highlight of tours of the former military facility, but the nonprofit Seneca White Deer Inc. voted to end the tours Dec. 29 due to financial troubles. The Seneca Army Depot was a major munitions storage facility until it was decommissioned in 2000. A developer of the site says he’ll continue to protect and manage the herd, which roams the 3,000 fenced acres.

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