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For rare white deer on an old Army depot in N.Y., the future rests on a fence

For rare white deer on an old Army depot in N.Y., the future rests on a fence

Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former Army weapon depot face an uncertain future after living and breeding largely undisturbed since the middle of the last century.

The white deer — whose coloring is the result of a genetic quirk that developed naturally on the 7,000-acre, fenced-in expanse — have thrived, even as the depot itself has transitioned from one of the most important Cold War storehouses of bombs and ammunition to a decommissioned relic.

Now, as local officials seek to put the old Seneca Army Depot up for bid next month, there is concern that the sale could also mean the end of the line for the...

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