I guess it’s possible to see just about anything in nature, even a white-tailed deer with long tufts of hair growing out from its ears.
Reader Bob Dawson sent in the accompanying photo, which he took when he saw the deer in his back yard near the Gilmer County line. Dawson said he sent the photo to a Division of Natural Resources biologist who told him he’d never seen anything quite like it. The biologist suspected the deer might have some piebald (white-splotched deer) genes. Dawson acknowledged there is at least one piebald deer in his area, but added that the piebald is too young to have borne the whitetail with the ear tufts. He believes the pictured animal survived the recent hunting season.