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.
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
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.