The Ghost Deer is a popular haunting in modern lore among the high school set. This haunting is said to occur near Powder Mills Park, along Railroad Mills Road1. Traveling South on this road away from its intersection with Woolston Road you will rise over a small hill then down into a depression with a home on the right hand side. This is where what is described as the ghost deer will appear to you if traveling through the area at night with your headlights on. The projected light from your car will gather in the mist often found here as you swing by before rising over another small hill. As your angle changes the reflected light gives the impression of an etheral object movining toward your car.
Viewed directly, this spectacle is fairly unimpressive and obvious in its origins. However, as drivers in this area must constantly be on the look out for deer bolting across the road at night, seen from the corner of your eye it can easily be enough to cause you to slam on your brakes. The experience is cherished by intoxicated teenagers, which can lead to some hazardous driving along this street at night, especially with the dip and sharp curve in the road at this point, and the common assertion the effect is most pronounced when traveling at high speeds.
There are several varied stories explaining how this location came to be haunted. Feel free to add any you know to this page.
Ghost Deer is also a term used to refer to a small population of White Tail deer that carry a recessive gene for white coat2. The animals are protected, and the majority of them live on the former Seneca Army Depot, safe from hunters.