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Ghost Moose. Photo by Dave Bell.
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Ghost Moose

Ghost moose appear in late winter when, due to irritation, primarily from ticks, moose rub their bodies to relieve skin irritation and in doing so break the hair shaft, exposing the white base portion of the shaft. That scratching action gives an animal a whitish-gray appearance. In worst-case scenarios, when thousands upon thousands of ticks may be found on a single animal, infestations may lead to mortality.

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