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PostSubject: White Moose in Sweden   August 14th 2017, 5:04 pm

You guys probably have seen this story but there are reported to be about 100 white moose in Sweden .. Not albinos but moose with white hair. 

This one even has white velvet. It really looks cool.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4790376/White-moose-spotted-taking-dip-Sweden.html





It must be like those white deer in Seneca, NY.

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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 14th 2017, 7:01 pm

Drugs .... affraid

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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 4:54 am

White hair is one thing, but also having white velvet is a real head-turner.   Looks like a moose ghost roaming around! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 5:56 am

Quite a sight!

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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 7:47 am

If that came out at you in the night, I think you'd believe in ghosts pretty quick. 

Is that thing real?

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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 8:02 am

Maybe a new species evolving for predator avoidance in winter snow?  Dunno, but in winter at least there could be advantages.

I also wonder about the long term effect of inbreeding on isolated populations. With each passing year there are more and more partially white (though seldom all-white) deer on the San Juan Islands in WA as a result of inbreeding.
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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 8:05 am

Looks like very few are left.
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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 9:17 am

@RonC wrote:
Looks like very few are left.
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Like the other animals seen once in a great while. Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 9:57 am

Like the albino Sasquatch.

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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 10:24 am

Now that would stick out easy during hunting season! To cool.
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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 10:44 am

@FrontierGander wrote:
Now that would stick out easy during hunting season!

It makes me curious after more than 4 decades hunting snowshoe hare and ptarmigan.  Read on:

Our climate and terrain plays tricks on them. Shortening days tell their bodies to switch to white for the snowy season. But often we get little or no snow. You'd think all those white critters would stand out like seagulls in a parking lot, and the species wouldn't last one short winter with predators.  Not so!

Something funny happens when you get a white critter into shade under bushes and things.  The white goes to kind of a drab gray, and they're just about impossible to see against most backgrounds!  Even in partial shade or with a veil of branches, they just flat disappear.

It would take some tall trees in the Swedish Arctic to generate enough shade, but I bet they could hide out pretty well if they found it.
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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 1:16 pm

Actual white animals that are color variants should have been killed off if they are, indeed, not fit for their environment. The fact that there are such populations, Kermode bear, Seneca deer and the white moose populations, must mean they are more suited to their surroundings than we would think.

However, albino individuals with no eye pigment, etc. are inferior specimens or else they would have prevailed within their species instead of just popping up every now & then when all the recessive genes line up.
Some states (Wisconsin is one) make it a violation to kill albino deer. That sounds pretty stupid to me. Leave the defective ones and shoot the normal individuals. scratch

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PostSubject: Re: White Moose in Sweden   August 15th 2017, 1:39 pm

@RonC wrote:
Like the albino Sasquatch.


Keep an eye out for you know who, he's probably tired of his old girl friend "Sqwishy" by now. :shh

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