Skip to comments.Return of the 'spirit moose': Pair of white moose spotted on northern Ontario highway
Posted on 10/28/2019 6:38:44 AM PDT by Red Badger
SUDBURY -- A pair of "spirit moose" has once again been spotted along a northern Ontario highway, as the elusive animals returned to the same area where they captured national attention late last year.
Sightings of the pair of white moose have been reported online over the last two weeks, showing the cow (female moose) and a calf grazing along the side of Highway 101.
(White cow and calf 'spirit moose' seen from Highway 101 in northeastern Ontario. Credit: Jackie Burns Loyer)
Jackie Burns Loyer was recently travelling from Timmins to Chapleau, when she spotted the rare "spirit moose."
"I was so excited to see them. It had been 10 years since I (had) seen them. It made my day. Hope they bring me luck," Burns Loyer told CTV News Northern Ontario.
Though the moose are not albino, as they don't have red eyes, the animals appear white as a result of a similar condition called leucism, a partial loss of pigmentation in the skin and hair.
White moose are protected under provincial law. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) prohibits the hunting of moose that are predominantly white, including any over 50 per cent white, in the area along Highway 101 from Timmins to Chapleau.
MNRF official Karen Passmore, says there are several reasons for these sightings at this time of year.
"Moose are more active during the fall months due to the rutting season, with bulls on the move and actively seeking cows for breeding purposes. At this time of year, roadsides will also have good foraging habitat for moose due to the presence of grasses and shrub communities," said Passmore. "The combination of easily accessible forage, and increased movement by moose during this time of year may increase the chances of seeing moose along roadsides. White-coloured moose are easily seen during this time of year given their white-coloured hair and resulting contrast with the surrounding forested landscape."
Passmore noted there have been many reports of white moose spotted in the Foleyet area over the last 40 years.
Last year, Facebook user Ani Hanna shared a couple pictures on our post about the 2018 video that she says her late husband, Peter Cookson, took back in 2012.
"I'm glad to know she is still around," said Hanna in the comments.
One of the photos Hanna shared shows a white moose with a brown patch above its left rear leg, which matches the spot seen in Burns Loyer's photo.
Lock up your sisters.
Not really a “pair” because they are both cows. Now they were a white bull and a white cow, you would have the mythological
Edgar and Johnny?
Edgar’ still alive, but Johnny be Dead..................
What’s the likelihood of seeing two white cows together?
Why no moose of color?
Well, one did bite my sister...
They graze in the same area and have the same genetic inheritance, and they could both be from the same Cow with a common Bull as their sire.
The evolution is now going away from dark color to white, a predictor that we do not have global warming now and are moving to a much colder climate era, where moose blend in with the snow and ice.
Moose, the new white meat.
Sad when I think of how many greats I've seen live but are no longer alive.
Saw Johnny in a small club - played like a mad man for an hour and a half straight. Said goodnight and just walked off the stage.
Interesting. It just seemed to me that even with common parents, the likelihood of two white ones would still be low (?)
Still waiting to see a pair of sleepy red moose.
“I was so excited to see them. It had been 10 years since I (had) seen them. It made my day. Hope they bring me luck,” Burns Loyer told CTV News Northern Ontario.
Mr. Loyer continued,” I painted my living room white 10 years
ago so that may explain it. I wondered where all the moose
poop was coming from...
It is a cow and her calf...
I still have Frankenstein as my ring tone on my cell phone.
I never saw Jonny. However, I did see Alvin Lee of Ten Years After in 1985 play in a bar in Syracuse. The name on his tour bus was Choo Choo Mama. The guy played like a wild man.
Sibling Moose cows often herd together.
Thanks for posting pix it adds to FR when that’s done
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