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Freedom Threatens New York's White Deer

In the 1940s, the U.S. Army (1)____________40 kilometers of wilderness in Central New York and turned it into a weapons depot.
(2)_________, the fencing enclosed a community of rare white deer and (3)___________ hunters and predators for more than 60 years. The refuge is near Seneca Lake, a (3)__________.
White deer are (4)__________ places around the world because they are easy to spot against green or brown (5)_____________. It makes them a good target for hunters and animal predators like coyotes and wolves.
The white deer lived (6)_________ in their enclosure. Their numbers increased as the years passed. The white deer (7)___________ along their unique genes to their offspring and thrived. There are about 200 white deer and 600 brown deer on the (8)___________.
The storage area for (9)______________ stayed active until 2000.
The local newspaper says nuclear weapons (9)___________ at the site during the Cold War. During that time, relations between the U.S. and Russia (10)_________ but did not increase.
After the (11)_________, the Army Corps of Engineers took over,cleaned up the land and made it more useful.
The depot is supposed to be clean and (12)__________ next year.
(13)___________ say they want to protect the deer. They say they (14)__________ the fences will be torn down when the property is sold. That might put the white deer (15)__________.
It will be easy for them to (16)_________ to other areas and be targeted by hunter sand predators.
Perhaps some will (17)_________ into roads and be killed by cars.
They will not (18)__________ as they have been for over 50 years, activists say.
Dennis Money is working to protect the deer. His group – called Seneca White Deer Incorporated – can protect the deer by (19)___________.
If Seneca White Deer buys about (20)___________ – the deer will be safe, the group says. It might offer guided tours so visitors from around the world can see the (21)________.
The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency received the rights to the land when the Army (22)__________. The agency is a public corporation set up by New York State that (23)____________ development in the county.
The Army turned parcels of land over to the development agency. The agency sold them to (24)____________. A prison and a law-enforcement center have been built on the land.
Bob Aronson is the (25)____________ of the agency. He is trying to sell the rest of the land.
Aronson said (26)___________________ the land for cattle to graze and crops to grow. The profits from the land sale will be invested back into other projects in the county.
Another organization – the Nature Conservancy – also (27)_____________ the deer habitat.
Aronson has offered the land to the towns of Romulus and Varick. They are (28)___________ the depot. He said he will charge them one dollar if they manage who gets the land or how it will be used.
White deer are seen as special animals. Native Americans believe they are (29)_________.
In Michigan, Missouri and Ohio, hunters and civic workers (30)___________ white deer in an effort to reduce the deer population. Local residents (31)_________.
Scientists say the deer are not albino. They just lack pigment in their fur.
I’m Mario Ritter.
Dan Friedell adapted this story for Learning English based on reporting from the Associated Press. Kathleen Struck was the editor.
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Words in This Story

acre – n. a measure of land area in the U.S. and Britain that equals 4,840square yards (about 4,047 square meters)
albino – n. a person or animal born with a medical condition that results invery pale skin, white hair, and pink eyes
bred – v. to produce young animals, birds, etc. : to produce offspring bysexual reproduction
corps – n. an organized part of the military — used in proper names
depot – n. a place where military supplies are kept or where soldiers aretrained
enclose – v. to surround something
genes – n. a part of a cell that controls or influences the appearance,growth, etc., of a living thing
installation – n. a place that is used for training soldiers, keeping militarysupplies and machinery, etc.
offspring – n. the young of an animal or plant
predator – n. an animal that lives by killing and eating other animals : ananimal that preys on other animals
storage – n. space where you put things when they are not being used
thrive – v. to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed
unique – v. very special or unusual
wilderness– n. a wild and natural area in which few people live

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