‘His majesty!’ Wisconsin woman spots stunning albino buck in her backyard as officials say the rare pigmentation is a one in 30,000 find
- Tracy Weese photographed an albino deer in her Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, backyard on Monday
- The photos have amassed more than 8,000 shares and were re-posted by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office
- About one in 30,000 deer will experience albinism
- Wisconsin officials said it’s illegal to hunt albino and all white deer
A Wisconsin woman stumbled upon a spectacular albino buck in her backyard and snapped a pair of now-viral photos.
Tracy Weese was peering across the snow-covered backyard of her Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, home when the remarkable deer strutted by.
‘His Majesty just strolled through our backyard,’ Weese wrote on Facebook, where she shared two photos of the animal.
A photo was later shared by the Vilas County Sherriff’s Office, which called the albino buck ‘an incredible sight to see.’
An albino deer was spotted in the backyard of a Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, home this week
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said albinism may be observed in one in 30,000 deer
The photos have garnered more than 8,000 shares since they were posted on Monday, with many commenters calling the deer ‘majestic’ and ‘stunning.’
Weese clarified that the deer was albino and not a piebald. Piebald or pied animals have a pattern of unpigmented spots on a pigmented background of hair, feathers or scales.
She added that the brown spotted on the deer’s head was ‘from him rubbing his antlers and head on trees when shedding his white velvet.
‘The brown stain on his leg is his tarsal gland releasing his scent as he’s in rut. He looks different right now due to rut.’ Rut refers to the deer mating season.
It’s unclear how large the albino deer is, but the average deer measures from six to seven feet and can weigh as much as 300lbs.
Tracy Weese (pictured) identified the buck as albino, and not piebald
White-tailed deer typically live between six and 14 years, but albino deer tend to have shorter life spans.
Most albino and piebald deer die before adulthood.
Although the deer are beautiful, wildlife experts say their recessive genetic traits and defects would prove detrimental to deer populations should they flourish.
‘They are an unusual sight because they either have multiple physical problems and die early or because of predation,’ Ed Clark, president and co-founder of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, told Associated Press.
‘Protecting them would not be doing the deer population any good because it would pass the recessive genes into more herds.’
Ed Clark: ‘They are an unusual sight because they either have multiple physical problems and die early or because of predation’
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said it’s illegal to hunt an ‘all-white deer which is entirely white other than the hooves, tarsal glands, head and parts of the head.’
Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer hunt season is scheduled between November 21 and November 29.
According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, albinism in deer is much rarer than piebald discoloration.
‘Piebald deer are much more common with some studies showing the trait may show up in one in 1,000 deer. Albinism is much rarer and may only be observed in one in 30,000 deer,’ the website said.
Officials in Boulder Junction claim that their city has more albino deer than any other place in Wisconsin.