A few years ago, we had a small piebald whitetail buck on the place. He grew large enough to have spikes, then wandered off and didn’t return. There can be a lot of reasons for a small buck deer not to return – wolves, coyotes, cougars and even human hunters – but one of my students from TSJC kept reminding me that the piebald coloring pattern is often associated with health problems.
Our little guy didn’t show health problems – but he was pretty much isolated. I suspect he was rejected by some of the tough old does for looking different –
Spot was never a particularly friendly little deer – but it was fun to have him where we were able to watch him.