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1 April 2007 First Record of Melanistic White-tailed Deer in Pennsylvania
GINO J. D'ANGELO, JOHN T. BACCUS
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Abstract

Melanic white-tailed deer are distinguished from normal white-tailed deer by having uniform black hairs on the back with subdued black hairs on the belly, a completely dark face and ears, a distinctive mid-dorsal stripe extending from the head to the apex of the tail and a tail with black dorsally and white ventrally. We report records for two melanistic white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania. A male fawn was captured in Valley Forge National Historical Park in 1999 and an adult male was harvested in Bucks County in 2002. Since at least one melanistic deer was produced in this region, there is a possibility another melanic deer will be produced in the future.

GINO J. D'ANGELO and JOHN T. BACCUS "First Record of Melanistic White-tailed Deer in Pennsylvania," The American Midland Naturalist 157(2), 401-403, (1 April 2007). https://doi.org/10.1674/0003-0031(2007)157[401:FROMWD]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 April 2007
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