Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Mountains of NH
Bull moose in rut are dangerous. I've had more than a few friends treed by them. One even had his log skidder tipped over. He took refuge in the cage of a giant tractor only to have the moose roll it right over. Cow moose not so much. I've actually pushed them out of the road at times. Not advisable...I was a small town cop and there was this one young cow moose who liked to get on a bridge over a brook and just watch the water flow. Traffic would back up and tourists would get dangerously close. Sirens, air horn, flapping arms didn't work. I would literally have to get out and smack her butt just like an errant cow or pony. Believe me the cruiser was positioned for a quick dive to cover! Happened several times before she must have decided that a quieter river watching spot was needed.
Many years ago, just before dawn in the summer I was out on my front porch drinking coffee and listening to the frogs. Heard a snort on the side of the house in my flower bed. I could just see a big silhouette in the dark. Giant humpbacked and slow moving, me not fully awake, assumed it was the ancient Belgian that lived down the road. Wandered over and started to throw a lead over the neck, heard another snort and realized it wasn't a horse sound. She was happily munching my daylilies and just kind of looked at me like I was nuts. I think I ran backwards to the porch! I now always bring a flashlight when I hear horse noises in the dark. One other time I woke up to clomp, clomp, clomp outside my bedroom. Went outside yelling at my gelding to get his sorry butt back to his pen. Heard King give his mealtime call down by the barn in the opposite direction. Shined the flashlight by the shed to see the cow moose heading back into the brush.
In early spring most years I get a cow moose that hangs with the horses for a few days and then moves on. All I can think is she gets a little lonely, hangs out for a few days and then goes back to the woods. Plays havoc with my fence. Moose go where moose want to go.
While I'm not much for galloping at this point in my life an angry bull moose would find this plump 50+ year old body moving down the trail at the highest rate of speed available. Their body language when irked is very similar to an agitated bovine. So far I haven't had the pleasure to see a bull moose on the trail. I'm fine with that.
Did you know moose are gaited? They pace down the snowmobile trails here all the time. I think they could put a racing Standardbred to shame.