Moose: Giants of the North

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Despite their looks, Moose are usually rather timid. The 2 exceptions are: a rutting bull and a mother Moose with her calf.

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Moose are the Largest Members of the Cervid Family

Other Cervids include:  axis deer, the North American elk, whitetail deer, caribou, reindeer and mule deer.

A typical example of a Canadian moose is over 7 feet at the shoulders, weighs around 1400 lbs.,  is 10 feet from nose to tail and has about a 40 inch long leg!   However, the Alaskan moose is larger!

Where the Moose Are

Almost 1 million moose range over a huge territory:

  • most of Alaska
  • most of Canada outside of the Arctic
  • upstate New York and much of northern New England
  • Northeastern Minnesota
  • Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
  • upper Rocky Mountains
  • mountain regions of Utah and Colorado
  • as far west as the Blue Mountains of Oregon

Dining Habits of the Moose

As ruminants, moose chew their cud, like domestic cows.  They eat leaves and twig ends of many trees, fibrous forbs (like: bunchberry), plus seeds of grasses and sedge, ferns and fungi.

During warm weather, they eat about 50 lbs. of matter each day; in winter, they  average about 35 lbs. each day.

Moose During Rutting Season

During the mating season, the bull moose is at his most ornery and difficult to anticipate.

If you are following bulls too closely, you may need to climb a tree to get out of his way!  It’s best to give bulls plenty of room.

You will know you are in trouble if the bull moose lowers his head, showing off his full rack of antlers.  Then it is likely that he will swing his antlers to-and-fro, so you get the message — that he’s not kidding.

If he’s really aggravated, he may pitch his head up into a bugling posture (similar to his cousin, the elk).  When he wants to “up the ante” in his challenge of another bull (or people), he grunts.

Are Moose Really Dangerous?

It’s surprising how few interactions  between people and moose there are, considering their numbers.  Other than traffic accidents, there have been only a few incidents between humans and moose.

In 2 separate incidents, moose have stomped 2 people to death!  Oddly enough, these occurred in suburban regions of Alaska — not in the wilds of our largest state!

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Showdown‘ Moose Graphic is used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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More Moose Moments:  coming soon!

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This blog is a companion to my website:  GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

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Sunday’s Special: Wildlife Rear Window Graphics

Last Sunday,  I started a new series.  Each Sunday (only), I’ll show some of my rear window graphics. This week is:  Outdoors and Wildlife.

'Midnight Run' shown by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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I select these mid-week and schedule them to display around midnight of Sunday morning.  I don’t announce these on Twitter.

What an Awful Tragedy if they Get their Racks Entwined! "Moose in Yellowstone" used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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‘Still Glides the Stream’ used by permission of ClearVue Graphics

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‘Grizzly Catching Lunch’ used by permission of ClearVue Graphics

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Next Sunday: Wolf Rear Window Graphics!

‘An Evening in Wisconsin’ used by permission from Vantage Point Graphics

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I’ve turned off the “comments” portion of this blog for a few days.  I’ve been spending 2+ hours cleaning out spam and reporting them to the HoneyPot Project (they prosecute spammers)!

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Tomorrow: Back to Hunting or Fishing info!

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This blog is a companion to my website: GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

Some New Items ….

 

Ready and Waiting for Something New? *

 

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been updating my site! I’d like to tell you about a few new changes.

A New Section …

The “Wildlife Outdoors Rear Window Graphics” section was getting too large. I moved the

Now, I’ll have plenty of room to add more of these graphics!

Here are 2 of the new items:

 

Handsome Red Heads are Now in "Bird Hunting!"

 

Dawn Patrol Has Been Added to 'Bird Hunting'

 

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Changing Outdoor Wildlife Graphics Section

By moving the birds to a new section, I can now add a wider variety of wildlife here.

I plan to add:

  • Moose
  • Mountain Lion
  • Panther/Cougar
  • Bears, etc.

Here are 2  new additions:

 

October Moose is Now in our Outdoor Wildlife Graphic Section!

 

 

This is the First of Our New Bear Rear Window Graphics!

 

Thank You for Allowing Me to Do …

some shameless self-promotion! If you are a regular reader, you know that I only talk about new products 3 or 4 times per year!

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These Rear Window Graphics are shown by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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This is a companion to my website: GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com