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Channel 3 news stories on the Leland white deer

Killing of white deer ignites controversy in Sauk County
November 21, 2012

This is the original story by Channel 3 News (Madison, Wisconsin) about the 2012 killing of the Leland white buck. Interviews with local residents Brandon Yanke and Amy Sprecher reveal the general sentiment of the community and the disappointment, shared by many, over the loss of this beautiful and special deer.

According to interviewer Marc Lovicott, the white deer story ranked fifth most popular on the Channel 3 website for all of 2012. The video of the white deer alone ranked second most popular based on number of hits. The overwhelming majority of public responses for this and subsequent stories were in favor of protecting the white deer. 

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Community divided by deer controversy (lead-in)
November 21, 2012

This is the lead-in for a follow-up to the white deer story. In response to a few people who felt the Leland white deer should not be protected, Mark Lovicott returned to Leland to interview residents on both sides of the issue. 

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Community divided by deer controversy (story)
November 21, 2012

This is the second story on the Leland white buck. Channel 3’s Marc Lovicott interviews local residents, Dave Diske, who doesn’t feel the white deer should be protected, and Al Schwartz, who has watched the white deer on his nearby farm and wants them protected.

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Residents to petition DNR to change white deer hunting rules
November 29, 2012

In this third story by Channel 3 News, Leland area resident Carol Hastings finds it hard to control her grief about the death of the white buck. The outstanding video footage of the buck (top of home page) was taken on her land just outside of Leland. Later in the story, Amy Sprecher talks with Marc Lovicott about more possible white deer deaths and the need to take action to protect the remaining white deer in the Leland area.

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Leland residents rally for law to protect white deer
April 4, 2013

Mary Jo Ola, Ch 3 News, reports on local efforts to protect the rare white deer, which include road signs, white deer shirts, a petition, and a website.  Residents also want people to attend the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearing on April 8 to vote for white deer protection.

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White deer advocates rally support at Conservation Congress
April 9, 2013

Channel 3 reporter Theo Keith covers the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearing at Baraboo and interviews advocates for the white deer. Leland area residents Carol Hastings and MaLenna Smith talk about the importance of the white deer and their concerns if legislation is not passed to protect them.  (Note:  Although, like endangered species, the rarity of white deer illustrates their need for protection, they are not, in fact, a separate species.)

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Videos of other white deer

Wisconsin Public Television – The white deer of Boulder Junction
March 26, 2009 (rebroadcast January 7, 2010)     (14 million views)

Host Patty Loew interviews photographer Jeff Richter and outdoor writer John Bates for Wisconsin Public Television’s “In Wisconsin.”  Richter and Bates are co-authors of the book White Deer; Ghosts of the Forest, a picture essay of white deer in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.

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Peaceful moments
March 19, 2010

A sight and sound experience of white deer in a winter snowscape. Photographed in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin by Michael and Marshia Crowley.  See their website for more great pictures: https://www.lifeinthenorthwoods.com/

White deer in the meadow
Posted:  January 3, 2010


A summertime scene in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, similar to what some residents have seen here in the Leland area.  Another fantastic video from Mike and Marshia Crowley

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Great viewing from a tree stand or car window

But “shoot” with a camera only. This buck is protected in Wisconsin. Footage taken in Buffalo County (far west central part of the state).

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White deer near Seneca Falls, New York
April 24, 2007

A population of white deer in a decommissioned army depot near Seneca Falls, New York is the largest white deer herd in the U.S. and probably in the world.  Development and the sale of the army base has threatened the white deer, but efforts are underway to preserve and promote the deer as a tourist attraction.

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Videos of the Leland white deer

White buck in the woods
October and November 2010

This is the white buck that was shot near Leland in 2012 when he was younger, had a much smaller rack, and was still very much alive. The video was taken by Carol Hastings of Leland.

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Hungry, hungry
Summer 2012

Don't leave the theater too soon--there's more here than meets the eye. (Hint: Count the legs and divide by four.) Video taken by Mike Richard.

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Miscellaneous videos

White buck spooked by his own antlers
January 6, 2013

This YouTube video was taken by a Wisconsin trail cam and catches an incredible event: a white buck shedding its antlers. Video provided by Sharon Suchla.

White buck vs brown buck
Unknown date and location

There's nothing defective about this white buck!  Two magnificent bucks battle it out with locked antlers, and it's an edge-of-the seat wait to see who's going to win.  A rare sight and an even rarer video.  This was caught on the Deer Run live cam at USeeWildlife.com.

Ghost deer, meet ghost bear
February 12, 2007

Not as sparkly white as a white deer, but just as rare and just as cool.  This video of the Kermode or "Spirit bear," taken in British Columbia, was uploaded to YouTube by Apexpredator11.