Maurice Lamothe and Nicole Leblanc have never seen a white moose before, let alone two of them at once. They saw the white moose and its baby while driving on Highway 101, 15 minutes from Foleyet. Lamothe says he has heard of the protected animal before. Still, he has never seen one in person, even though he has been hunting in the area since the late 1970s. In an interview with Radio Canada, he said he’s pretty sure this is the only chance he’ll ever get to do this. Nicole Leblanc took the picture while Maurice slowed down.
As they came over a hill, they saw the two animals. As of Monday afternoon, more than 200,000 people on Facebook had seen the video. Lamothe says he is just happy they can show other people a rare and beautiful sight. Vince Crichton is a wildlife biologist who has retired and moved to Manitoba. He knows a lot about the biology and care of moose. He says that he has done more than 30,000 surveys and has never seen a white moose. He says that there are two kinds of moose in that part of northern Ontario. Some of them are albino, and some of them are just white. Crichton says it looks like the moose in this video are white moose because the cow has some brown spots. He says that he and his wife have a camp in the area and that they often drive from Chapleau to Timmins to try to see one.
Crichton says, “They used to have a white moose reporting station at the gas station on the highway just outside Foleyet.” He says that he would often stop to look and read what people had written. “That gene has been in that population for a long time. And every once in a while, it comes out and shows itself.” Over ten years ago, Jane Armstrong of Foleyet started a campaign to protect the white moose in the area. In March 2006, a law was passed. Armstrong has seen the white moose a few times throughout her life. The first time was in 1990 when she was out on a hunt. She says there have been reports of a big white bull in the area, which is a beautiful sight. Click on the link to watch the video.