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(Photo: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

Rare Albino Deer Caught On Camera At Oakland County Park [PHOTOS]

April 22, 2019 - 11:09 am

MILFORD (WWJ) - A pale beauty is drawing attention at an Oakland County park. 

WWJ Newsradio 950's Mike Campbell is one of a handful of lucky visitors to Kensington Metropark in Milford to spot a rare albino deer among the trees this spring. 

Tweeting photos he snapped of the peculiar creature on Monday, Campbell noted that it was "providing a visual lesson, hanging with a bunch of 'normal' deer."

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(Photo: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

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(Photo: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

According to wildlife officials, this particular deer was born in the park about two years ago; with occasional sightings reported at various times since then.

Albino deer are very uncommon, but the specifics of their rareness are unknown. Some researchers claim albino deer are born once in about 20,000 births, while others say it’s more like one in 100,000 births. Pure Michigan’s estimation lands somewhere in the middle.

The issue albino deer in Michigan parks made headlines in 2015 when a hunter killed one during a cull in Kensington; and in 2014 when the family of an 11-year-old Oceola Township posted photos of a 12-point albino buck the young hunter killed with a crossbow.

The Michigan DNR says that all-white deer have been legal to hunt in the state in since 2008, when the state lifted protections for the animals.

Several states have banned or restricted killing albino deer, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Montana and Tennessee.