Visitors To Camp Stonewall reported sightings of several piebald (Need some explanation? Read on!) deer near our cabin recently. Megan Baum sent us this photo, which her mother in law snapped, as their group was traversing Cutman Drive toward Camp Stonewall one day last August.
Then Lonnie and Shannon (our son and daughter-in-law) with their sons were thrilled to view this fawn, again along Cutman Drive, as they vacationed here in November!
J. T. Fleegle, Wildlife Biologist at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, says this about "white" whitetails such as this."What people mistakenly call albinos are really piebald. The piebald condition is an inherited genetic trait. It causes blotches of non-pigmented areas that vary in size and distribution. The result is a wide range of patterns. Some deer have speckles or whitewashed flanks or the markings of a prize pinto. Others are almost completely white. But if they have the brown eyes and black hooves of the classic white-tailed deer, they are still piebald, not albino."
We Kauffmans plan to be on the look-out for these deer (and others like them?) as we travel to and vacation at Camp Stonewall this summer. If your family would like to assist in such an endeavor(!), well, just contact us at 717-989-7864 or here to see about dates that may be available!