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Headed to the outhouse a week ago and whom do I encounter just on the other side of the cabin door but Dolly, our resident (wild) mama Moose. Note the JD 2032R in the background.
Moose this close can be dangerous, but Dolly and I go way back. It was a bit strange though, that her youngsters (calves of the year) were nowhere in sight.

I gave Dolly a few minutes to move on, but I had to move on too, if you catch my drift, and couldn’t wait any longer. I opened the door, which was stimulus enough for her to back off to the other side of the tractor. I took off at a trot, but low and behold, who was waiting to greet me but the youngsters, Slip and Fall.

While moose are pretty chill most of the time, the situation you don’t want is to get between mama and youngsters. And that was right where I was. To get into the OH I needed to shoo the youngsters away. Mom might interpret this as a threat towards her brood, and come up from behind in a riled mood.

But I had no choice, I needed the OH bad. And I should add that the OH has no front door (open to the world), so it offered scant protection. So I hissed at the young n’ s a bit and waved my arms in front of me, where I hoped Mom couldn’t see. The calves did what calves should do, startle off into the woods. Better yet, Mom was oblivious, browsing on a willow shoot.

I scooted into the OH, completed my transaction and a few minutes later, headed back for the cabin. I rounded the corner and who was right there- like right there- but Dolly. We were face to face again, but this time with no glass door separating us, and I was close enough to smell her breath She was really a handsome, healthy cow moose, doing her share to keep the species going. We made eye contact for several seconds (which felt like several minutes). I felt my safest move was to remain stock still. She sniffed around a bit, and then lumbered off to hang with the family. I am glad she took off, cause I was dressed for a quick trip to the OH, not for a wildlife viewing session. We now keep an extra work coat and a pair of spare Sorels in the OH, just in case.

Yesterday, while I was tractoring, I saw Dolly and only one of her calves (Slip) at the end of the driveway, eating the tops off some birch branches from a tree I had brought down earlier that day. Thats my girl. She had a limp though, and her smaller calf (Fall) was no where to be seen.

This has been the earliest spring breakup in my memory, and even though its early by the calendar, its not hard to imagine bears emerging from their dens, real hungry for protein after a long dormancy. If the smaller calf was already weakened in any way, it could have fallen prey to a protein-hungry bear. Dolly would have certainly intervened, but even an angry adult moose is not really a match for a hungry bear. Fortunately, no one around us has reported happening on a fresh moose kill.

We are hoping for the best.

Addendum: As I am writing this I felt/heard a small earthquake, just enough to rattle my scotch bottles a little bit. Since we had the 7.2 magnitude earthquake at the end of Nov., we get several aftershocks a day. Fortunately, they are getting weaker and weaker.
 

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No PUN intended, but "WHOLLY CRAP" Close encounters of that kind are nerve racking at best, GLAD IT ALL WORKED OUT! With the Momma Moose and calf as well, either would have not even noticed the out house.

GLAD ALL WENT WELL AND WHAT A LOVELY PLACE TO ENJOY LIFE, CONGRATS

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Thanx Waltmart. What we worry about are moose encounters with kids walking to/from the school bus stop in the dark, and hitting a moose on the highway. Our kids made it fine through the former, but my son totlaled his Subaru Legacy the first part of this winter. Dark, blowing snow in a wind storm, didn't see a thing. Unlike lots of others, he and passengers had only the slightest of injuries. Front end of the car was obliterated and there was blood everywhere. We got lucky.

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YOU ARE WELCOME ,WxGuy

We worry about the BLACK BEAR, have them in the local area, last spring through mid summer we had about 16 of then with in 75-100 yards of front door, Never any closer, YET!!!! But we don't feed birds and keep a clean place for our scraps. Never close, They seem to pass through and just keep moving along as they pass through, Here is one from November last year.

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That is pretty cool. Tough to beat a moose encounter.

I was internet friends for a bit with a family from Alaska. They fed a snickers bar to a moose when it came by. It would make a noise when it arrived. One day they didn't have a snickers bar and it tore their deck off. They had pictures too.

Be careful.
 

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Thanks for sharing. Beautiful animals and I'm sure a intimidating encounter.
Closest I've come to large animal like that is letting the dog out at night before bed and as we round the pool come face to face with a black bear. Thank God he was surprised as we were cause he turned & headed back to the woods. Devon, our large golden retriever, never barked and fortunately did not chase him.
 

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Moose are beautiful animals, but are basically cows on stilts if you hit one. I can't imagine how lucky you need to be to survive that.

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