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Old December 28, 2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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Solid Black Whitetail Fawn

Wow. Anyone ever see one of these? I never even heard of one before.

Supposedly, these were taken in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada.

Look closely and you can see faint spots on it. I can't verify this pic is in-the-wild or in captivity. 'Sure looks too real for photoshop.





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Old December 28, 2011, 08:30 AM   #2
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Sure does look strange for sure. I have seen albino fawns, but I think I would do a double take if I saw that one coming through the woods.

That other fawn is looking at it saying, why do you look different.
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Old December 28, 2011, 08:39 AM   #3
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The spotted one is givin' the black one the ol' mafia "kiss o' death" since it knows it ain't got a chance stickin' out like a sore thumb and not havin' a clue it does...

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Old December 28, 2011, 09:53 AM   #4
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Yes, but it is a lot rarer than an albino. A couple years back a black buck was shot In Bucks County, Pa. I think it was at the Allentown Sportsman show full mounted the next year. I think it was the kid's first deer. As far as not having a chance, the buck had a decent sized rack on it.
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Old December 28, 2011, 11:07 AM   #5
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Have had these pictures of the fawn for quite a while on my computer, and have also had this one.
Hope they are not the same one.http://thefiringline.com/forums/atta...1&d=1325088433
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Old December 28, 2011, 11:29 AM   #6
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Look closely and you can see faint spots on it. I can't verify this pic is in-the-wild or in captivity. 'Sure looks too real for photoshop.
I see a fence in the background of the second picture, just saying
I searched, RMD Photographics 2010 and didn't find any other photos with that copyright mark on them.
Nice pic's
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Old December 28, 2011, 11:39 AM   #7
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Not just a fence, there looks to be some structure like boxes in that same pic.

I didn't attribute that to captivity, knowing how Whitetail will become accustomed to humans and their stuff, but I suppose it's possible.
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Old December 28, 2011, 11:41 AM   #8
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Looks like a house trailer in the backround to me. Bare studs on the right side and walls in tact on the left perhaps?

Very neat if it is real. Darn photoshop has me doubting any pic anymore.
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Old December 28, 2011, 11:45 AM   #9
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Seen plenty of albino deer, but never a black one. Pretty awesome i guess, wonder what gene causes it.
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Old December 28, 2011, 12:25 PM   #10
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A black deer is even more rare than an albino, it is called melanistic (not sure on the spelling) that black buck in the picture i know was killed in texas, i believe there was an article about it on the north american whitetail website.
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Old December 28, 2011, 12:43 PM   #11
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I've seen a few very dark deer in Ohio but never one like that.
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Old December 28, 2011, 12:46 PM   #12
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Great pictures! Cool looking fawn.
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Old December 28, 2011, 12:56 PM   #13
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Down near Alvin, Texas there's, or was, a small herd of White, White Tail Deer. They are not albinos but really white. Some idiot got caught raising Wolves near there and just turned the Wolves out so I don't know the fate of any local deer in that area.
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Old December 28, 2011, 01:41 PM   #14
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I've seen a few very dark deer here in Ohio but never one like that.
Same here. In fact, the doe my brother shot here at the house this past shotgun season was exceptionally dark. Esp. down her back and face.
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Old December 28, 2011, 06:58 PM   #15
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Looks like the doe has some melanistic genes as well, face is pretty dark.
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Old December 28, 2011, 10:59 PM   #16
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thats what i noticed, the doe seems to be darker overall than most deer.
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Old December 29, 2011, 02:30 AM   #17
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I used to live in the town of Lakeway, which is a lake-side community with a couple golf course outside of Austin. Plenty of deer. One year a dark fawn popped out. Over the next several years, the number of dark deer increased. Apparently that first one was successful with the ladies.

I just spent a minute googling, and it turns out central Texas is a hotbed for melanistic deer. Who knew.

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Old December 29, 2011, 03:39 AM   #18
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The background in that second pic just came together for me. It is a handrail leading to some steps. 'Looks like they are right near an entrance to some dwelling.
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Old December 29, 2011, 04:44 AM   #19
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As tmlynch said..melanistic deer are actually quite common in certain areas of the Texas hill country.....As far as predation goes..an albino deer I would think..would be in much more danger.....The fact that they thrive says something....
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Old December 30, 2011, 08:24 AM   #20
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Could be a crossbreed with a sika deer? Sikas (not Sitka) are black and are known to cross with whitetails. We have seen some of that in the hill country of TX
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Old December 30, 2011, 11:27 AM   #21
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This "black" whitetail buck was taken out of N. Idaho awhile back.

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Old December 30, 2011, 01:50 PM   #22
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This "black" whitetail buck was taken out of N. Idaho awhile back.
The grin on that kid's face was good enough for me! Nice looking deer too
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Old December 30, 2011, 02:45 PM   #23
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A black deer is even more rare than an albino, it is called melanistic (not sure on the spelling) that black buck in the picture i know was killed in texas, i believe there was an article about it on the north american whitetail website.
this about explains it, its no different the a regualr spotted leopard, and a black leopard(most comingly refered to MISTAKENLY as a black panther)
while an albino is missing its skin/fur pigments, a malonistic creature has "full" pigmants meaning it doent have color tones its just black. although as seen on the leapords, you will still be able to see the "rosettes" or spots. my uncles tiger(he is the one that caused me to get big cats) once had a malonistic cub.
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