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Albino Deer Protected By Hunting Closure

Hunting District Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings

Fri Sep 26 00:00:00 MDT 1997

The Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission adopted a regulation on September 4 that prohibits the taking of any deer exhibiting more than 75 percent white coloration in central Montana's Golden Valley County this fall.

Albino deer have been witnessed in the area surrounding the community of Ryegate for a number of years and area residents have made the request to prohibit hunting of the deer for the past several years to preserve the deers' uniqueness. Albinism is a genetic abnormality that is manifested in the lack of normal pigmentation in the animals in which it occurs. In many cases the animals are totally white, but in some splotches of white are evident.

The closure effects all of Golden Valley County and encompasses portions of hunting districts 500, 511 and 530.