Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Katherine Tyrrell requested a moose photograph. Ever willing to oblige, here are a couple.
To explain, I live in the woods (yes,just like little Red Riding Hood - or did she just visit??). Anyway, being in the depths of the woods, we get a lot of visitors, such as squirrels, coyotes, foxes, mink, birds galore and of course the ever present moose.
In Newfoundland, the moose is an introduced species without a natural predator. Smme are taken by bears annually and more by hunters but the population is rapidly approaching a 1-3 ratio compared to the population of the island. While I have a soft spot in my heart for all animals and even moose, they can be a nuisance and make driving at night a real hazard in the province. The size of the animal and its long legs makes hitting one in a car a recipe for disaster for people and the moose.
So for you Katherine, here are some of the moose visitors. The first was just outside my dining room window, munching on rosehips just as dawn broke. The second is a yearling moose that became a daily visitor this summer. At about a year old the mothers drive the calves away in preparation for the next one's arrival. This little guy (well not that little) was rather dazed and confused, poor thing. So he hung around here and everywhere I went, he popped up rather like a large dog!.
The third image is another moose polishing off the rest of the cabbages in the field while the muscovy ducks looked on from their vantage point on the trailer.
Any other animal requests? I don't do bears...
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