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Ghost Deer Tours

This photo shows a white deer at the Seneca Army Depot. 

Snow and cold will not halt tours of a unique herd of white deer in Romulus. 

Tours of the former Seneca Army Depot, the home of the largest herd of white, white-tailed deer in the world, resumed in November and will continue throughout the winter months, according to a press release. 

Seneca White Deer, the organization putting on the viewing experience, said winter can offer some of the best opportunities to see the deer because there are no leaves on the trees. Deer are also out foraging for food, according to the release. 

The public can schedule a tour for 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of February. Expanded hours and days are expected by March.

Visitors will be on a heated 25-passenger bus for the 90-minute narrated trip. While the group cannot guarantee a glimpse of the white deer, the public can expect to see remnants of the old army base including an earth-covered concrete igloo that stored nuclear and conventional weapons. 

The former Depot was built in 1941 in Seneca County by the U.S. Army. It stored bombs and weapons during World War II, and remained active for subsequent wars until its official closure in 2000. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency transferred 7,000 acres of the former Depot to Earl Martin, owner of Seneca Iron Works. 

Martin and Seneca White Deer have partnered together and established Deer Haven Park to reopen tours to the public. For more information on tours visit senecawhitedeer.org

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