Who's asking: Richard Bostwick, Hallowell, ME
A photo's been circulating online of two albino moose, with an attached e-mail saying the photographer had seen the two near Greenville, which is a good bit north of here, on the southern tip of Moosehead Lake.
I can't confirm or debunk the existence of these particular moose -- one Maine wildlife website I visited said the same photo had been circulating about a year ago, and that the moose were actually in Canada.
But it's possible. Albinism occurs in 1 in 100,000 moose, and more often than that when herds with the trait inbreed, as seems to have happened in southeastern Idaho. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife estimates Maine's current moose population at 29,000, so that means the chances of seeing one albino moose, much less two, are awfully low.
I still haven't seen a live moose, and it's on my list of Things to Do in 2007. You can read all about them on the Fish & Wildlife site here.