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Mangy Moose

post #1 of 14
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It doesn't have anything to do with skiing, but I thought you might get a kick out of some photos I just took in our back yard.

 

This is a young mama moose and her two bull calves.  We saw them a few times last fall and this is the first time they have reappeared since winter.  I'm fairly sure these are her first calves because she was pretty small when she had them last year.  Winter is really hard on the cows AND the calves, so it's nice to see they all pulled through.

 

The moose and elk look pretty ratty this time of year as all of their winter hair is falling off.  If you look at the first photo, it's easy to see where the term "mangy moose" came from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 14
Those are pretty cool backyard pets. Way to go moose!

PS we were gifted with a set of antlers in our backyard over the last year, happens about every few years
post #3 of 14

That's what my backyard at Donner Lake lacks. a) moose, and b) snow (for a month).  But if my jerk of a neighbor keeps leaving his garbage out we should have bears soon. 

post #4 of 14

Awesome pics, Bob!

 

Last winter, I saw 2 Moose (Mom and Calf) at the end of my driveway and 6 others in the area.

This winter, I've only seen 1 anywhere.  frown.gif

post #5 of 14

mangy moose, jackson hole, great bar!  oh, you mean the animal... :) 

post #6 of 14

Re: Mangy Moose

 

That mangy appearance is not due to a seasonal loss of hair. Its likely due to winter tick infestation. The moose are thickly infested with ticks. Normally cold northern winters cause the ticks to fall off but, with the warmer winters of late,  this hasn't been happening. Around here "winter tick kill" has been responsible for a significant decline in the moose population recently. All that rubbed off hair and the raw bare skin you see is a result of the moose rubbing herself to get rid of the maddening infestation. Not only do the ticks weaken the moose with blood loss but the loss of hair leaves them vulnerable to the elements. Last spring we came across a moose in the woods that had almost certainly died of a combination of exposure and weakening. Its remaining coat was crawling with ticks. Recurring cold spells in Spring especially take their toll. They also become vulnerable to predation, I think. The one we found had been partially consumed by coyotes

post #7 of 14

So, should Bob go spray it with tick killer?

(and get killed by Mama Moose?)
 

post #8 of 14

I am no stranger to moose and regard them as remarkable creatures.

But whenever I see one, I wonder what the Almighty really had in mind when he designed the first one. I always thought they were more of a work in progress not intended to be released to the public in their beta form.

D1

post #9 of 14

Its really interesting to see them shedding winter fur.  Do they smell better when they lose their winter coat? 

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by deliberate1 View Post

I am no stranger to moose and regard them as remarkable creatures.

But whenever I see one, I wonder what the Almighty really had in mind when he designed the first one. I always thought they were more of a work in progress not intended to be released to the public in their beta form.

D1

A cow looks like poorly assembled spare parts until she starts to move fast.  She has cute kids.

 

Incredible creatures; had them walking through the back yard all the time in Anchorage, over a 4' fence.  

post #11 of 14

Great pictures, I have yet to see a moose in the wild, would be really cool.

post #12 of 14

I read somewhere that the Swedes had experimented with moose cavalry (17th c?) so apparently they can be trained to be ridden. The article indicated they worked out fairly well but the Swedes were unable to contend with disease among moose that were kept in confined conditions.

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post #14 of 14

Bob, ever fish one out of a pool? Common problem as they are dumb as bricks. One almost stepped on me up on the Appalachian Trail in Maine many moons ago. He just stepped out onto the trail with my buddy and I frozen, you don't want to piss one off, he stared and turned and lumbered back into the woods.

Saabs were built to take a moose hit, at least that was the old story told by Saab dealers.

Nice pics, guess they were looking for a meal with all the late season snow.

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