Did you know piebaldism is actually a condition?
David Osborn, Wildlife Research Coordinator at UGA’s D.B. Warnell School of Forestry Resources, explains the piebald condition.
Piebald simply means to be marked or spotted with two different colors, typically white or black. The odds of a deer ending up with this condition is roughly 1 out of 30,000 or less than one percent.
The piebald trait is a recessive trait that often can lead to deformities or other issues with an animal. In the wild, it can be very difficult for these young animals to survive. Their white coloration makes it very noticeable rather than camouflaged.
Both male and female deer would need to be carrying the trait for a fawn to be born with this condition.
Running across a piebald or albino deer in the wild is considered a once-in-a-lifetime experience, however the trait is much more commonly found and bred for in captivity.