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World's Largest White Deer Herd, Located Upstate, In Peril

A large white deer population living in the former Seneca Army Depot located upstate faces an uncertain future when the land goes up for sale in December.
A large white deer population living in the former Seneca Army Depot located upstate faces an uncertain future when the land goes up for sale in December. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ BrianAdler

The rare white deer living and breeding for years at the former Seneca Army Depot in Seneca County face an uncertain future when the U.S. Army vacates the grounds in 2016, reports the Democrat and Chronicle .

The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) does not have the capability to maintain the 24 miles of fencing that protects the white deer in the 7,000-acre facility, and is selling the depot, according to the report.

Seneca White Deer, Inc., (SWD), who so far has raised $270,000, has a goal of raising $2 million and plans to bid on the depot when the sale begins in December. The SWD says they want to turn the facility into an eco-tourism and military park, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

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