Romulus, New York: Herd of Real White Deer

Contained behind an Army Weapons Depot fence, where hunters had only been allowed to cull the non-white deer for decades. The herd now being thinned, but you can occasionally spot the pale survivors.

Seneca Army Depot

Address:
Hwy 96A, Romulus, NY
Directions:
Hwy 96A around 12 miles south of Geneva. The west side of the depot is considered best for seeing the deer, but also on the east side via Rt. 96 between Romulus and Ovid. View through fence.
Hours:
Deer are most active at dawn and dusk.
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White Deer

These deer are not from Canada, or nuclear mutants, or albino. Back in the fifties, the head of the army at Seneca Depot saw a few white deer there and ordered that they never be shot. Hence the normal colored deer were culled instead, resulting in more white deer than bred white deer. Pretty simple, not very mysterious.

[Dave, 03/05/2016]

White deer.

Herd of Real White Deer

They're still there, but Army has sold the land to several entities and hunting is now allowed on the land to winners of local hunting lottery, so herd of albino deer is thinning.

Be careful parking along busy highway and may require some patience and driving up and down the road until you see a patch of white fur in the brush beyond the fence.

[Hal Clarke, 09/21/2012]

White deer.

Herd Of White Deer

Driving up the west side of the old army depot on route 96, to our surprise we spotted two white deer, approximately 50 yards from the road.

[Julie Barnes, 09/10/2011]
Largest Herd of White Deer

During WWII, the former Seneca Army Depot was fenced in, containing 10,587 acres of forest. The native deer population was forced to interbreed, spreading their recessive gene that gave them all-white coats. The herd has grown to over 300, and can be seen through the fence, while driving along Rt. 96 or 96A.

[Wesley, 09/23/2009]
Herd of White Deer

On the East side of the Old Seneca Army Depot, around dusk, we were heading north on Rt. 414 (I think). We looked over toward the Seneca Depot and spotted at a gate an albino deer. Stunned, we turned our van around and the deer was still there. We got a good look at him. As we put our windows down, he must have heard us and leapt off back into the Army Depot.

[Lorrie Donohue, 09/16/2001]

November 2003 - Tipster Mary Larsen points out that "The deer you see along the Seneca Army Depot fence and nearby are NOT albino. They do not have the pink eye trait. The deer supposedly migrated here from Canada many years ago."

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