Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Couple of Moose

I saw some Moose (Alces alces) again yesterday.  I didn't get a photo, however, here are some I took last November of two bulls ambling across a stubble field.

The Kaufman Field Guide says:
This magnificent member of the deer common in forests, meadows, and tundra of the north.
So, what exactly is going on here?  There are a lot of moose in this area now (farm land, originally short grass prairie).  There weren't any when I was a kid growing up on a farm, nearly a hundred years ago now, I suppose - oh wait, that's just how old I FEEL today.

The guide goes on to say:

...the Moose consumes up to 45 lbs. of forage per day, or about eight tons a year.  Favoured foods include willow and aspen leaves and many aquatic plants in summer, twigs and woody stems of various plants in winter.

Tracks - The moose track is slightly larger and more pointed than that of the elk and similar in shape to a deer's but twice as large. The track may be blunted if the ground is rocky and hard, making it more difficult to distinguish from the elks. A typical print is of two pointed pear shapes with the tips closer than the wider bottom.  (from


  1. You are so lucky! :)Wendy

  2. Wendy, I think of you every time I see moose. (erm, that doesn't really sound right....). I know you love them and so much want to see these huge and lovely creatures on a regular basis.