White deer spotted on Whidbey Island

A white deer was spotted Thursday on Whidbey Island (Photo courtesy Harold Robin Kennedy)

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. -- A white deer was spotted this week on Whidbey Island.

Whidbey resident Harold Robin Kennedy was able to capture a few photos of the deer Thursday morning while on his job site.

He said he has lived on Whidbey Island for 14 years, and although he has heard stories of the white deer, Thursday was the first time he had seen one.

While the deer appears to be predominantly white in color, biologist Ruth Milner with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said it likely does not have albinism.

The white deer is a Columbia black-tailed deer, which is native to Western Washington, according to Milner.

The white color is caused from a recessive gene in the deer and is referred to as a "piebald deer" because of the color.

Milner said that although white deer aren't seen too often, they are also not too surprising to see in the area and show up periodically.

The white deer on Whidbey Island has apparently made appearances before, based on a Facebook page called "Whidbey's White Deer."

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