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Charges will not be filed in shooting of white deer

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BUCHANAN COUNTY (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Natural resources says charges will not be filed in the shooting of a white deer near Aurora.

An investigation by DNR biologists and a Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship veterinarian showed that the animal is a fallow deer, not a wild Iowa white-tailed deer.

Fallow deer are a non-native species and not protected by state law like wild white-tailed deer that are predominantly white in color. The law was passed in the 1980s after a hunter legally shot a white deer in the St. Ansgar area.

While several are seen each year, albino, or mostly white wild white-tailed deer, are rare in Iowa.

The fallow deer was shot with a muzzleloader on January 9 in Jakway Park Wildlife Area.

The DNR says the deer had scarred tissue in an ear, indicating it had been tagged at some point.  They say this suggests it may have come from a game farm.

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