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      A plethora of albino deer in the Upper Peninsula

      A number of Upper Peninsula residents have claimed more sightings of albino deer recently than ever before.

      Albino whitetail deer result from a recessive genetic trait that causes a lack of or total absence of pigment.

      This means their fur and skin are white, and eyes, nose and other soft parts are pink.

      According to the Field Manual of Wildlife Diseases, albino deer are exceedingly rare.

      It's estimated at less than one percent, under natural conditions, and the phenomenon is often localized, which could be the explanation for the high number of albino sightings in recent times.