Piebald deer are inferior

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:27

    I was reading the Nov. 24 edition of the Sparta Independent and came across the article "Unusual Sight" and had to make a clarification. The photographer appears to possess an opinion of this animal that is inaccurate. She makes reference to the deer's spotted or piebald coloration. Her terminology is correct, as these animals can be spotted or completely white, commonly referred to as albino. But she said that these are special animals and if harvested by a hunter would result in 13 years bad luck. In a sense she's right, they are special, but not in the way she believes. In fact, these animals are simply genetic defects, a result of a recessive gene which is caused by overpopulation and interbreeding. They are considered inferior deer and wildlife biologists urge hunter's to harvest them, to prevent their reproduction. As a hunter and animal lover for almost 40 years, I can't help but correcting someone who is possibly suffering from that dreaded Bambi syndrome. Glenn Danzo Sparta