Mercer, WI ---- January 23, 2011 --- The Nature's Press title, White Deer, was featured in an In Wisconsin broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television. The book documents the awe-inspiring phenomenon of albino white-tailed deer. Naturalist John Bates provides background on the genetics of albinism and discusses human responses to the white animals, such as spiritual associations with albinism, the ethics of hunting white deer, and the sheer joy of seeing one in the wild.
There are an unusual number of albino white-tailed deer in some counties of northern Wisconsin. Perhaps no one has spent as much time following these white "ghosts of the forest" as photographer Jeff Richter. He has committed hundreds of images of white deer to film over many years of photographing nature and wildlife. In this book, Richter shares the best of the albino whitetail photos here. This stunning book contains albino bucks, some in velvet, does, yearlings and mixed groups. There are brown does with white fawns and white does with brown fawns. The images include other wildlife such as squirrels, that sometimes have albinism or melanism (black coloring).
Outdoor writer and naturalist John Bates weighs in with his own impressions of these fascinating animals. John references historical accounts of white deer in northern Wisconsin, and wisely tempers the subject with an explanation of the genetics of albinism and a discussion of the implications of this phenomenon. For example, does it make sense to protect albinoes from hunting, as some states do? Might white deer have an advantage where snow may cover the ground nearly half the year?
The book White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest is available in deluxe softcover, hardcover and a limited edition with an enclosed signed print.