Why does this mature buck have spots along his back?

By Grant Woods,

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Any chance you would know why a mature deer would have spots? I recently had a buck on my camera that had whit spots along both sides of his spine. I was just wondering if you had ever seen this, and why he still has them.

Ian Murphy


That is odd!  The spots are in the same pattern as those on a fawn.  However, deer molt or shed all their hair twice a year.  This buck has obviously been through several molts.  This buck must have a rare genetic trait that programs him to continue growing hair that shows the fawn spots along his spine.

Thanks for sharing the images of this unique buck!

Enjoy creation,