Rare white albino deer found dead in northern Michigan was shot with crossbow, DNR says

Conservation officers seek information on death of deer

A photo of the Albino deer who was killed.
A photo of the Albino deer who was killed. (Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

LAKE COUNTY, Mich. – Officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are seeking information about a well known albino deer who was found dead Sunday, May 30 in Irons, an area within Lake County.

Irons is located about 30 miles east of Manistee in the heart of the Manistee National Forest.

According to conservation officers investigating the deer’s death, it was targeted and shot with a crossbow, likely from the road between 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Sunday.

The deer was spotted dead at the edge of someone’s yard along North Bass Lake Road about a half mile north of 10 1/2 Mile Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the DNR Report All Poaching Hotline at 800-292-7800. Those leaving tips can remain anonymous and might qualify for a cash award.

Help Ashville Bears, a North Carolina organization focused on black bear conservation, offers privately-funded rewards to stop poaching. The organization says it is offering $3,500 for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for the albino deer’s death.

$3500 reward! Albino deer illegally killed with cross bow in Lake County, N. Michigan. 😡😢 This beautiful deer that was...

Posted by Help Asheville Bears-HAB on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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