Romulus, New York: Ghost Deer and Atom Bombs (Closed) Team Field Report

Deer Haven Park

Deer Haven Park. From US Hwy 20, about a mile east of Geneva, turn south at the stoplight onto Hwy 96A. Drive south 9.5 miles. You'll see the Welcome Center on the left, on the far side of the fence. Turn left to enter the old Seneca Army Depot. Tours leave from the Welcome Center.
Closed, but may reopen at some point in 2020.
Adults $30.

Seneca White Deer.

Ghost Deer and Atom Bombs
The world's largest known population of ghostly white deer have lived and bred inside a former off-limits Army Depot, undisturbed for 70 years. Their only neighbors were nuclear weapons. Currently closed, but may reopen for tours at some point in 2020. Report... [01/07/2018]

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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]

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