Yeah, it was really a pretty deer. The white was just pure snow white. First Piebalt I've ever seen in 70 years. Still to young to tell if it was a buck or doe. It would make a spectacular buck.Buck to doe ratio must really be low if you are seeing spotted fawns in Oct. It has to be the DWR's fault.
On a non-sarcastic note-- that is one on the prettiest pics I've seen in some time. Don't see piebald mulies often and that fawn has the best color scheme I have ever seen. Thanks for posting the photo.
I can imagine some scenarios where that pattern could help him--Summer in the quakies, winter range if it lives in an area with lots of snow. But you're probably right--predators or people will probably cull him from the herd in short order.I think it has a diminished chance of survival, unfortunately. It would be cool if it lasts a few years, though.