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The Moosey R Back!! Oh! Deer!!!

Jan 03, 2016 - 4 comments

I was looking up if the Moose get along with the Whitetail Deer and this came up with some cute pics but they did not show up..Daaaaa!!  I have many Deer in the yard that I feed. Oh, did I open up a can of worms! No! Just the same ones come in & out. Today I had seen my first Big Moose besides the Mama & Baby I had seen a few months ago.   I had not seen my Deer standing out by the trees this morning, so I was looking to see if the Moose might have scared them, but I guess not because they all came in awhile ago when I fed them. Only doing this in the Winter, they can go out on there own in the Spring. The Snow is deep and it is Colder then ??? The Deer eat the branches of these Trees too. So look out here comes all the Horney Ones..LOL..Mostly have the Mama & Baby Deer's. The Bucks intimidate the little ones. SO I do not want any of the mean horney Males around..Ha!!  I have a few that got to know me and they do not run far when I come in to feed them. I was able to get some really good Close ups of the Deer without even zooming in. Real Close and I put some Pics in here,  but have so many more. Got to stop taking these pics, or I wish I could get paid for watching them and how they act around each other..Very entertaining and I have learned some new things about these critters. ..Vickie...........................................................................................................................................................-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Meet the world's largest deer.

Look who’s on the loose: a moose. And this bull (male) is wearing some serious headgear! Face it, this huge deer— which can tower over a grown man—is one funny-looking animal. Check out that bulky body sitting atop those way-too-skinny legs. And what’s with the goatlike beard dangling from that horsey muzzle? As you’ll soon see, this mish-mash of silly parts works amazingly well for a moose!

Moose, Ranger Rick magazine, August 2009

That flap of skin hanging from a moose’s throat is called a bell. Its purpose? Scientists aren’t sure. Most likely it helps a bull attract a mate. Bulls have larger bells than cows (females) do. Why would a cow need one, then? Guess you could say that the bell remains a bit of a moose-tery.

A bull moose’s rack can be more than six feet wide! Cows don’t have antlers. The bull grows new antlers each spring and sheds them in the winter. His antlers attract mates and, like giant satellite dishes, channel sounds to the bull’s ears. Antlers have other uses, as you’ll
soon find out.

The moose’s nose is great at sniffing out predators or potential  mates. And the nostrils close when the moose dips its head underwater!

Long legs help a moose get through the drifting snow of its northern woodland home. They also let the moose wade deep into ponds and lakes where it often hangs out.

A moose’s sharp, split hoofs and dewclaws (small, extra “toes” on its legs) work as snowshoes. They spread out to support the animal as it walks on snow or muddy ground. The front hoofs deliver nasty kicks to attackers, too.

Moose, Ranger Rick magazine, August 2009

“Mmmm. I sure love those lily padshhh!” That’s what this bull could be saying while chewing some water lilies. To reach such foods, a moose often wades far out into a pond.

In the summer, a moose may totally submerge itself in the water for a while — not just to feed, but also to escape a wolf pack or pesky flies, or to just plain chill out.

A moose’s height and flexible upper lip give it a chin up when grabbing overhanging crabapples (photo 1).

The tree in photo 2 shows teeth marks made by a moose that stripped and ate the bark.

Bet this Alaskan moose (3) is asking, “Could I get fries with that?” Who knew moose went for fast food? ( there is a pic of a Moose in Alaska, that went right up to the drive through window at McDonald's).

The word “moose” comes from the Algonquin word for “twig eater.” And it’s true, moose do find twigs tasty. They also peel off and munch tree bark. In fact, moose are big-time plant-eaters, downing leaves and buds from trees, shrubs, and low-growing plants. In the summer, moose often feast on water plants such as grasses and pond lilies.

Come fall, a moose scarfs up lots and lots of these moose-ly meals. That helps it put on a layer of fat. The fat will supply the moose with energy during the long winter months when food is scarce.

Moose, Ranger Rick magazine, August 2009

If you were in “moose country” in the fall, chances are you’d hear some moose, even if you never saw any! Fall is moose mating season, called the rut. Grown moose, which are solitary most of the year, now call for mates. Cows make deep moans. Bulls grunt back.

Adding to all that moose-ic, bulls come together and noisily compete for mating rights. One bull may warn a rival with loud snorts. The two may get into a click-clacking, antler-shoving match. Most fights end quickly — and often with no harm done. The winner gets to mate with nearby females.

In the spring, a cow gives birth. Mom gently licks the baby and lets it nurse her rich milk. The calf grows rapidly, gaining nearly three pounds a day. Before long, the calf is following Mom everywhere, watching and learning all it needs to. Two rival bulls battle it out during mating season. A calf follows its mom into a creek. At a month or so of age, the baby is already nimble on its feet and a strong swimmer.

By the time the baby is a year old, Mom drives it away just before her next calf is born. That may seem like a moosetake, but the youngster is now ready to survive on its own. And this way, a mama moose can give the newborn her full attention.
Moose, Ranger Rick magazine, August 2009  

Moose normally have to defend themselves against wolves, mountain lions, and bears. These predators usually go after calves and weak adults. Most likely the moose in photo 1 was a sickly one.

But these days, moose face new threats. That’s because moose numbers are growing. And more people are living in moose country, too. That can spell trouble. For instance, moose often wander onto roads. Because a moose’s eyes are on the sides of its head, it has a blind spot in front and often can’t see an oncoming vehicle until it’s too late. Both moose and driver can be seriously injured — or even killed. Signs along many highways warn drivers to be careful (2).

Things aren’t all bad for moose living among people. The animals have plenty of backyard shrubs, trees, and gardens to feast on. And there are often fewer moose predators around. That may explain why so many
moose have made themselves at home in places such as Anchorage, Alaska (3).

While moose are usually gentle creatures that mind their own business, they can attack when threatened. So most people who live around these awesome animals give them plenty of space—while enjoying them as the mighty and marvelous creatures they are!)

This article originally appeared in the August 2009 issue of Ranger Rick magazine. Download the full PDF of the article Mighty Moose!


Moose Fast Facts
Moose are pretty amazing animals! Check it out here.

Moose as celebrity!
The moose is famous! It's the official state animal of Maine. And many places are named after this animal including Moose, Wyoming and Moose Lake, Minnesota.

Moose as cow?
When a moose is done eating, as a cow does, it brings up a cud - a bit of partly digested food which it chews on for a while. Then it swallows its cud and fully digests it.

Moose and her calf

Moose as lunch-waah!
Because moose calves are easy prey for hungry bears, wolves, and cougars, more than half of them don't survive their first year of life. This is true despite the best efforts of the calves' mothers to fiercely protect their babies against these predators.

Musical moose.
Moose have many different calls, including squeaks, bleats, whines, claps, wails, hiccups, snorts, and roars.

Moose Humor

You can't moose-take these for facts.

    If the plural of "goose" is "geese," why don't we say "meese" for more than one moose?
    What did the wolf say to the moose? "Catch you later!"
    What has antlers and ***** your blood? A moose-quito.
    Where did Mr. Moose kiss Mrs. Moose? Under the moosletoe.

(Originally appeared in the August 2009 issue of Ranger Rick magazine.)

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by dominosarah, Jan 03, 2016
You need to get out more!!!!  lol

I was glad to see you as i am floating out in cyberspace, no sign of Casper either.  Thankfully i go to work at 1:00!!

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by VICourageous, Jan 04, 2016
Now DS..I do have a life outside of this house. It is just that I get a big kick out of my lil Deer's..I want to work for the national geographic now, lol I get a big kick out of watching there character. I only do this for a short time and then back in and do the things I have t do around here or what I have to do in town. IF it had become a new Addiction then I will sure except it with open It is one of these things that YOU have to be here to know what I am talking about. SO cute!! So close up to them now!!
And to get so close to the ones who now know me. I just do not like the Bucks to come around or they run off the lil ones. I set here and laugh at some of the things they do to each other or how some can be very territory. The deer do not stick around for to long either. They might come back during the day but only a few here & there, I just love my Wild Life and I always have. Came close to being a Ranger way back when. This keeps my mind re-directed at this time. Even if it for a short time. SURE I have TONS of things I get done during the day. This is just the part that gives me peace!!!

I wake up and look out the window and there is the Mama & 2 babies just looking this way right at the Window..NOW how cute is that. I would love to have some city kids who have never seen these animals at all.. They would think it is the most awesome thing they have ever experienced. SO..for right now..I LOVE IT and it gets me going in the morning..Gets those "Happy Chems" going. Of coarse I have to walk way out there in the freezing cold snow to put the food under 2 tress and spread it out. That right there gets my blood pumping..LOL

Where is Casper at?? Do you know?? Do you feel alone out here in cyber space..Oh NO!!!

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by Belle313, Jan 04, 2016
Hey Vic,
I thought I was the only one who can't sleep. It's almost 3am and I need to be up by 5. Hubs first day back to work since the holidays. Happy New Year my friend

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by dominosarah, Jan 04, 2016
My cousin lives on the Gunflint Trail which is as far north as you can get here in Minnesota.  If she steps in one direction she is in Canada!  Anyways, she watches this too and has sent me many pics of the wildlife, Moose, deer, bear,fox etc.  Last fall she had some sheets hanging on the line and a bear decided he/she wanted to lay on them so tore them off the line!!  When we were on our motorcycle trip to the Black Hills last summer i made C stop at a ranger station as they have wild buffalo herds in Custer State Park.  One of the calves had a bad foot and was hobbling behind its momma.  I always find it interesting when you see herds of animals all the same color and they all know which one their baby is!!

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