News gets around real quick when something like this happens. Photos of a giant, deceased, velvet whitetail buck have gone viral online and stories are beginning to get twisted.
Luckily, Fort Campbell Fish and Wildlife has made an official statement, with valid proof, as to where this deer came from.
Here’s the most notable portion of the Facebook post:
We are making this post to provide clarity to incoming questions and concerns regarding photos of a vehicle struck deer that have surfaced on social media.
This white-tailed deer was struck by a vehicle early this morning on Market Garden Rd on Fort Campbell. This deer was within one of Fort Campbell Fish & Wildlife’s intensively managed and restricted areas where much of our long-term population management strategies have been occurring since 2014.
As the story first broke social media, many were all claiming this deer had been hit by a vehicle in various states. Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and even New York made their way to into the conversation as the state to claim this whitetail.
Now it appears as though the truth is, it comes out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Specifically, it was from an area monitored by the Fort Campbell Fish and Wildlife management organization. The deer had been under watch since 2014. Extensive trail camera and field surveys had been conducted on this individual deer.
Wildlife biologists believe the deer to be seven years old based on past encounters, photographs, and tooth wear.
It was, without a doubt, a beautiful whitetail deer, and an unfortunate situation for both the driver and the deer. It’s unsure what “highly restricted” means exactly, but under any circumstances, that’s a deer that should be hanging on a wall. We’ll keep an eye on what may happen to the mount or he antlers, and fill you in should more news come out.