Saturday, April 17, 2010

MR. MOOSE

This beauty has been hanging around my back door for a while. Actually, it's my young apple tree's that he is eyeing (moose love to eat apple trees). He's a whopper of a moose, not fully grown yet, but still weighing in at about 1,000 pounds; a perfect specimen. He is not camera shy, but you can see it in his eyes that he is NOT a friendly guest.
All of these photos were taken from inside
the house (through a window) for safety sake
We had a late spring dump of snow this week, as you can see, and it made a nice contrast for Mr. Moose's beautiful brown fur (usually they blend into the scenery and you really have to watch for them).

Moose are nothing to be toyed with. They are totally passive unless they feel threatened, then they will come after you! Everyone who lives in Alaska KNOWS that you don't get between a mother moose and her babies...that is serious danger.

I hope this guy moves on and leaves my little apple trees alone. Hubby wrapped them in burlap for the winter because the moose have eaten them to near-death the last several winters. Hopefully, this burlap trick will work.
The moose aren't around so much in the summer because, as the snow melts, they recede up into the higher (people-less) elevations. In the winter, the deep snow forces them down to populated areas, so we get a LOT of them in our yard over the winter. Moose are a big threat to pets, especially dogs, because dogs love to chase and harrass moose, which ends up with the moose kicking and stomping the dog (often fatally).




So...Mr. Moose...go on your merry way and please don't eat my little trees!

18 comments:

Julie said...

Aw, I'd love to see a moose in my backyard :)

Ana Powell said...

How nice, lovely pictures x

Katy ~ said...

We have moose here as well, though I have not seen one in my back yard yet, nor do I want to. They can do a lot of damage if one hits them with a car. Often the car gets totaled and the moose lumbers off. They are beautiful though, aren't they. Their eyes are soulful and deep.

Debbie said...

Oh I think that moose is just beautiful. I'm a sucker for animals and have a real soft spot for them all. I would be thrilled to see a moose in my yard, but of course while I was inside and just watching from the window!

Future Grown-Up said...

Wow...talk about being in awe of the view you have. I live just outside the city and the most exotic we get are bunnies and possum at times.

The Sugar Queen said...

Wow, beautiful animal!

Country Whispers said...

Wow! I think that would be so neat to have a moose in your backyard. I wouldn't want to get near it but I'd love to sit and watch them.

Trish said...

Oh my....I used to live in Northern B.C. and yep....we would walk to school down those little town streets with moose crossing our paths often. Hope your trees are saved.

Snow in mid April eh...oh dear!

betty r said...

I totally respect moose! Very nice photos, Coleen.

Lazaro Cooks! said...

That is one awesome moose, I'd keep my distance as well. The dish looks amazing. Could I get a slice? Just a sliver? Cheers!

Monica H said...

What a cool and HUGE visitor to have in your back yard! i think i would have stayed indoors too :-)

Hope the burlap works!

Kathleen said...

That is soooo cool!

Lara said...

My kids were so excited when we saw a raccoon in our neighbor's yard yesterday, but a moose? Now that is super cool! Great pictures!

Diane said...

Thanks so much for posting the awesome moose pictures and story for those of us who live in Texas, and have NEVER seen a moose. Very fascinating! Also, thank you for always taking the time to post your wonderful recipes. I love them, and the lovely pictures that go along with them.

Angela/Soap Mom's Kitchen /Vintage Soap Shoppe said...

Beautiful pictures! How wonderful to see one in your backyard. I live in Long Island, New York. That would never happen!!!
I made your Ladder Pastry and put a link to your blog. I love, love your blog!

Sonya said...

Wow those are great shots of the moose! What a beautiful animal he is:)

justjoycee said...

I do see the snow and the moose, Coleen....really nice pics...I have never seen snow or a moose...living down here in Miami, Florida all my life...looks real pretty to me!!!!

Mary said...

That is truly near-by nature :-). It must be fascinating to see something that size from your window. We have deer and smaller critters, but to see moose we have to go to a nearby reserve. I hope all is well and that you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary