For years I’ve wanted to camp overnight near the Seneca Army Depot and see if I could get some photos of the famed Seneca White Deer. Finally, I decided it was worth getting up before sunrise and just driving out there . The morning had perfect conditions. Hazy clouds extended the sunrise until at least 7:30 AM. Prime time activity for the deer population…
From SenecaWhiteDeer.org – “The white deer found at Seneca Army Depot are a natural variation of the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), which normally have brown coloring. The Seneca White Deer are leucistic, meaning they lack all pigmentation in the hair but have the normal brown-colored eyes. Albino deer, which lack only the pigment melanin, have pink eyes and are extremely rare. The Seneca White Deer interbreed freely with the brown deer in the former Depot and appear to share the habitat equally.”
I was surprised to discover how open the facility was. The only deterrent it seemed was the trespassing signs. According to the Democrat & Chronicle , “during the cold war the depot held the largest stockpile of Army nuclear weapons in the country.”
Thus the tight security.
Along 96 South I discovered a huge part of the fence was knocked down. Probably a car accident since a road dead-ends directly across from the break in the fence. Certainly, the white deer could exit easily from here.
The area is also home to a charming variety of wildlife.
Seneca White Deer Inc. (SWD) works to preserve the unique wildlife and military history of the former Seneca Army Depot through conservation, tourism and economic development. Learn what you can do to help.
According to SWD no tours of the Depot are scheduled for this year or any time in the future. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), which controls access to the Depot, has turned down repeated requests saying they will no longer permit short-term use of the Depot. The IDA has not allowed anyone access to the Depot to photograph or video the deer or other wildlife for several years.
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