The White moose in Värmland

The white moose in Värmland are famous both in Sweden and abroad.

The white moose in Värmland are famous both in Sweden and abroad. Although sightings are rare, specimens can occasionally be spotted in the western and northern parts of Värmland. In August 2017, The Eda municipal council member Hans Nilsson crossed paths with one such ghost-like moose and managed to capture video footage of it. The video quickly went viral after Nilsson posted it on social media, turning the moose into an international celebrity overnight. Despite the animal's all-white appearance, its colouring is not due to albinism, a congenital condition that results in a loss of pigmentation. Cases of albinism in animals and in people result in light or pinkish-coloured eyes. Moose with bright white fur more commonly obtain this feature from a recessive gene that causes the animal to grow white hair with specks of brown—a condition referred to as piebald.

White moose in Scandinavia are rare, and most of them can be found in Värmland. Experts estimate there are just 100 of them in Sweden out of the total population of approximately 400,000. Most hunters have chosen not to kill any of these white moose, making them more protected than their brown counterparts.

Visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the white moose are encouraged to join one of the guided tours in the area. For those who prefer to go searching on their own, we ask that you be considerate so as not to disturb the animals in their natural habitat as well as property owners and traffic in the area.


Värmlands white moose in media:

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