Thursday, September 11, 2008
Bill Cochran's Mailbag: Rare sighting and site: black deer, cougars
Bill Cochran's Outdoors
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- The good and bad of the 2012 saltwater fishing season
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Bill's Field Reports
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- Quail Unlimited calls it quits
- Field reports archive
Bill: I was working on food plots in Sussex County and saw a black deer. First one I’ve ever seen. It appeared to be a yearling doe, standing knee deep in a soybean field with six other antlerless deer of the same size. The others still had their burnt orange summer coats and the black one clearly stood out from them.
PENN: I can’t recall ever seeing a black deer. I asked Matt Knox, deer biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, just how rare a black deer is. His comment:
“I would have to say that black deer are exceedingly rare. I have never seen one and only have seen a single picture of one. They are so rare I could not compare them to albinos. We typically kill a handful of albinos each year in Virginia. To my knowledge, we have never killed a black deer in Virginia.”
BILL: Has your newspaper created a map listing where [mountain lion] sightings have been reported? If yes, do you know the link?
Eastern Puma Research Network
JOHN: Yes, roanoke.com established a mountain lion mapping site, but you may be more likely to see a mountain lion than you are locating the site. You reach it by finding the datasphere portion of the site, which is on the lower part of the front of roanoke.com. Access roanoke.com/datasphere. Then scroll down to the Outdoor links click on Cougar sightings in Southwest Virginia