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Monday, September 05, 2011

Caution: Moose on property

There are reports of a single aggressive moose wandering the clearcut of the property.  Please be cautious and aware, and make plenty of noise so as not to startle the moose should it be around.

Some pics from Tony (who was helping out on the property at the time).  his words:  Here are the best pictures we could get of the moose at scenic,  since all we had was a cell phone.   I think they do it justice:-).  these pics are taken 50ft or so from the first tower you come to at the bottom of the clear cut.






Some tips from  http://www.theheartofnewengland.com/lifeinnewengland/Essays/moose-dont-mess-with.html



Don't Mess with a MooseBy James Hyde  
When you’re hiking and happen upon a moose, they can appear laid back and 
they can even be approached and fed depending on what season it is, but 
neither is ever a good idea. If it’s rutting season, approaching a bull moose is 
like poking a grizzly bear with a stick.

If you come upon a moose that’s close by, leave it alone, regardless of how 
docile it may appear. And then there's the issue of sex.

Bull moose (males) are most dangerous during the rutting season, much of the 
fall and into the winter. Mating fatigues them as does walking in heavy snows. 
They’ve been known to bed down under people’s decks or lean against 
structures, exhausted. But that's not an invitation to go "pat the nice moose."

The female of the species, cows, can get very ugly when approached, 
especially during the spring and summer seasons after they’ve calved or are 
teaching their youngsters the ways of the wild. You’d get a little ornery too if 
you’d just passed a 60-pound calf. And getting between a cow and a calf is 
like standing in mid street during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. 
Cows get very protective of their young and have been known to take on wolf 
packs to save them.

Unfortunately, many people don’t know the charge warning signs and decide 
to get as close as possible so a picture can be taken of them near a moose. Why 
not? Moose have been known to walk up to people almost nonchalantly as if 
they’re inviting interaction. Uh, don’t be too quick to accept the perceived 
chumminess.

Moose will walk slowly up to a person for one of two reasons: 1. To warn you 
to get off their turf; 2. Because they expect you to offer up some food. In either 
case, it’s not approaching to be patted. The smartest thing to do is run until 
you put something big and hard between you and that moose.

The warning signs that a charge is imminent (which is distinct from 
meandering in your direction) are:

1. The hair on the hump on its back is raised;
2. The ears are down and back; and
3. It starts licking its lips.


According to wildlife authorities, if you can see it licking its lips, you’re way 
too close anyway.

More often than not, if you run away from a moose, it’ll probably end its 
pursuit after a relatively short run. But if one does charge, do your best to run 
and get behind something solid. If there’s a tree nearby, move around it and 
away from the charging beast. You’re far more agile than it is, so you could 
escape it that way, by continuing to encircle the tree or climbing it if possible.

If a moose charges, unless you’re really close to it, it’s usually a warning...
bluffs to see what you’ll do. If it doesn’t get the response it want (your speedy 
departure) and does charge you, it will kick out with its forelegs when it gets 
close enough and can cause some serious injury doing that alone. More often, 
it will knock you down and has been known to use all four hooves on anyone 
on the ground.

The smartest thing to do under that scenario is to curl up in a fetal position, 
protect your head with your hands and arms and remain absolutely 
motionless. Do not move until the animal is well away from you or you may 
trigger a second attack.

If you are attacked, seek medical attention right away. Injuries do put people 
into shock, and if you get shocky, you’ll be in no shape to assess your medical 
condition on your own. If the moose breaks a rib or two, you could suffer a 
pneumothorax (collapsed lung), which is very serious. So get to the nearest 
hospital as quickly as possible for a full examination.

For the most part, moose are twig and bark eaters and get their name from the 
Algonquin Indians for precisely what they eat.

If you see one and have a camera, snap away, but from a safe distance. It’s 
definitely a “don’t touch/don’t feed” creature.


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