While many wildlife watchers love getting a rare glimpse at these stunning animals, there are those who seek to hunt them, rather than enjoy them in their natural habitat. A recent story that incensed many on the internet involved an 11-year-old boy who shot an all-white trophy buck with a crossbow in Wisconsin.
Many hunters and non-hunters alike criticized the kill, pointing out that, because of their rarity, killing albino deer is outlawed in Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee and Wisconsin. At the time, Jonnie J. Sam, of Michigan's Ottawa Indian tribe, told The Dodo that albino deer are considered one of the most sacred animals to many Native Americans. "I'd be more inclined to see if the animal has something to teach me, but sadly not everybody looks at it that way," he said.