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Parasites and Diseases
A Field Guide
TO COMMON WILDLIFE DISEASES
AND PARASITES IN ALASKA
|What causes warts?|
- Warts in animals are caused by viruses similar to those that cause warts in people.
- Papillomas are spread between animals by direct contact.
|Where do warts occur?|
- Warts are found on the skin of moose or caribou throughout Alaska.
- They are most common in animals younger than 2 years old.
|What are the signs of warts?|
- Affected animals are usually in good body condition.
- Warts are often found on the head but can occur on other parts of the body.
- In caribou and moose, the warts are dark lumps that vary in size from 1/3 to 6 inches. There may be only one or many and the surface may be rough or smooth.
|How can I protect myself?|
- It is extremely rare but not impossible to get a skin lesion from infected animals.
|Can I eat the meat?|
- Meat from infected animals is suitable for human consumption.
- Trim off parts containing warts.
|Samples to collect|