Ghost Deer Meets its End

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Matt Geiger
Middleton Police responded Tuesday, July 14 to a report of a deer killed by a car on Airport Road at Quisling Park. That, in itself, was nothing unusual in a region where deer are ubiquitous. But this was no ordinary buck – it was a rare white deer. These ghostly creatures held special meaning for ancient cultures ranging all the way from Celts to Native Americans. 
Middleton resident Mike Bauerle said he and his 13-year-old daughter, Megan, observed the deer just hours before its demise, spotting it at approximately 5:30 a.m. on the corner of Evergreen and Airport roads. “I had to look twice,” Bauerle stated. “It still had all white felt on its antlers, which really made me look.”
“I was driving, and by the time I could reach for my phone and pull over, it was gone,” he added.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources State Big Game Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang, a Middleton resident, said the DNR does not regularly track white deer. But he did say he had heard tales of the beautiful buck roaming the wilder portions of Middleton. Other local residents also reported seeing the buck in the days and weeks before it died. 
“It’s a shame,” said Bauerle. “Maybe it’ll serve as a reminder to lookout on that road. There are a lot of bikes, and if an all white deer isn’t safe, maybe you want to think about biking on that road, too.”
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