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White deer struck and killed in Illinois

The rare white deer is seen in this photo published by the Daily-Journal. The white deer was struck and killed Tuesday near Kankakee.
The rare white deer is seen in this photo published by the Daily-Journal. The white deer was struck and killed Tuesday near Kankakee.

One of Illinois’ rare white deer was struck by a car and killed Tuesday near Kankakee River State Park, the Daily-Journal reported.

Bob Massey, a wildlife biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said the deer appeared to a be an albino. Massey said there are perhaps three or four white deer in Illinois; one has been seen in the Waterloo area.

The deer killed Tuesday will likely be preserved and displayed at the state park.

A photo published by the Daily-Journal showed the white deer in a grassy area near Rock Creek, with a regular-colored deer that was believed to be its mother.

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