Melanistic (Black) Deer

A beautiful black buck.
Black deer are very uncommon.

This gorgeous buck was born with a mutation that causes melanism. Animals with this trait are extremely dark in color and lack all the characteristic shades of white and brown typically seem in white-tailed deer. Black deer can be seen in any part of the country, but, for reasons not fully understood by scientists, they seem to be most common in areas with dense forests and deep drainage systems.

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