ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of ghostly white deer grazing among overgrown munitions bunkers give an almost mystical feel to a former Army weapons depot in the flat farmland of central New York.
The white deer are natural variants of common white-tailed deer. They’re easy targets for hunters and coyotes in the wild, but this herd has expanded to 200 over the years with protection from the Army and the 7,000-acre base’s perimeter fence.
Now, as local officials seek to put the old Seneca Army Depot up for bids next month, there’s concern that the sale could also mean the end of the line for the rare white deer.
A group of residents has proposed turning the old depot into a world-class tourist attraction to show off both its rich military history and its unusual wildlife.