deer mount dandruff

Submitted by Paul on 01/19/2003. ( )

I had someone ask me a question about an albino white tail mount of his having what appeared to be dandruff. He has just washed the mount in a commercial taxidermy mount cleaner. What could this be?

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Probably bigger problem

This response submitted by George on 01/19/2003. ( )

Deer do contain dander, but this usually isn't present after a hide is tanned and the epidermal layer is preserved. I suspect your "dander" was, in fact, frass (Hey, Stephen Rogers, I used it correctly, didn't I?) Frass is the dropping of epidermal boring insects or dermistids. I thought it looked like sawdust at first until the hair started falling out. Better treat those mounts with some of the topical bug treatments sold by Knoblochs.

Thanks George

This response submitted by Paul on 01/20/2003. ( )

I was hoping you would have the answer. Thanks.

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