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Recent sightings of mangy-looking wildlife raise specter of “ghost moose” in Colorado

JUDITH KOHLER | The Denver Post
A moose and her calf, who appear to be suffering from tick infestation, are seen along Ridge Road in Nederland on May 2, 2019.
Denver Post File Photo

Recent sightings of moose with mangy, silvery white blotches on their normally shiny dark coats have people wondering if the “ghost-moose” phenomenon has spread to Colorado.

A recent spot on KUSA-Channel 9 featured a photo by a viewer of two of the rough-looking creatures. “Spend some time in Colorado’s outdoors this time of year and you might come across a ghost moose,” anchor Kyle Clark said.

Denver Post photographer Helen H. Richardson spotted two moose near Nederland with the same kind of discolored coats.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife staffers say the moose might be shedding their winter coats. Or they could be infested with winter ticks, which can drive the big gangly creatures to rub against trees to the point of losing their dark brown hair.

However, CPW researcher Eric Bergman said Friday that Colorado isn’t experiencing the kind of infestations that have stressed moose populations in other parts of the country.

Read more via The Denver Post.