Harnett County Leucistic Canada Goose

This leucistic goose was a nice surprise for Colton Byrd.

Unique goose surprises hunter

Colton Byrd was hunting in Harnett County, NC when he killed the leucistic Canada goose on the right, along with some other Canada geese.

Leucism is an abnormal condition of pigmentation, and can be found in birds, mammals and reptiles. It’s caused by a genetic mutation which halts the depositing of melanin and other pigments into feathers, skin or hair. This results in an overall pale color, or patches of pale color. The condition is slightly more common than albinism and animals affected by it are not prone to the same ailments as albinos.

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