NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Officials say a white deer often spotted along Interstate 80 in central Iowa was killed by a vehicle near the Baxter exit.
The Department of Natural Resources says the doe was killed Monday night. White deer are protected in Iowa and can't be hunted.
Conservation officer Kirby Bragg says the doe had a pair of brown fawns last spring. He says the deer was often seen with another white deer that was hit by a vehicle in the same area a few years ago.
The Legislature passed a law in the 1980s to protect white deer at the urging of people in St. Ansgar, who wanted to protect a white doe that lived near the northern Iowa town.