Have You Seen Albino Moose in New Hampshire or Maine?
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Have you ever seen an albino moose?
I'll tell you this, I had never. I did not even know they existed (at least I had never seen a video of one).
Check out this incredible video of an albino moose found up in Canada.
That massive beast of a moose is beautiful. Magical. But are they really albino moose, or just white? And are they around New Hampshire and Maine?
Look at this wild video of a white moose in some Maine woods, recorded by registered Maine Guide Larry Gooding in Piscataquis County.
Clearly, the moose has a large section of white on their back, but is it an albino? Likely not.
According to a National Geographic shared article about white moose, not all moose that are white are albino. Many are piebald.
"Piebald deer are deer that have blotches of white coloration on portions of their hide that are usually dark in color," according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission. "Albino deer are deer that lack pigmentation and have a completely white hide and pink eyes, nose and hooves." The same applies to moose, including the moose from the video shot in Maine.
So, it is not guaranteed that we have albino moose in New Hampshire or Maine. We definitely DO have piebald moose.
Albino moose have been confirmed in Canada, as well as Norway, Sweden, and Alaska. So, it is possible that you could run into an albino moose. Ontario's not too far from Maine.
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