Treed – Man Vs Moose

Piecing together the story

What I saw: The neighbour up the road hired a Tree Trimmer/Remover for a job that was well beyond the capabilities of the crew at the ‘Munching Moose Tree and Hedge Maintenance Service’.  The work was such that a man, with a chain saw, climbed a tall tree and then methodically removed branches. When that was done, he would then be able to take down a ‘skinny’ tree that wouldn’t damage the surrounding shrubbery nearly as much.

He had removed most of the branches when I walked by on the road. I stopped to watch, partly because it is quite interesting to see a man confidently using a chainsaw when he is about 25 feet up in the air… and partly because one of the Munching Moose was calmly eating the branches that the man had dropped to the ground.

In turn, the man was taking pictures of the Moose on his cell phone. (This is when I wished I carried a cell phone). I headed for home as fast as my little legs could carry me. Fifteen minutes later I was back at the scene with my camera, but by then the moose was gone and the man was back at work. I took a photo of the man in the tree.

What I was told: The next day I returned to the scene. The owner of the property was out front surveying some of the other work the tree trimmer had done. I told him that I had seen the ‘Treed’ man. The owner said the moose delayed the man’s descent for a while. The man kept throwing branches down towards the moose, hoping to scare it away. The moose just kept on eating. Eventually the man got low enough down the tree and the chain saw got noisy/menacing enough that the moose moved on.

From the perspective of a moose: As I was walking home, I spotted the moose in the aspen forest across the road from our place (about 150 meters (500 feet) from me.) There were at least four of them, possibly five.

I can just imagine the story that one of them told about the adventure the day before: “I tell you, it was raining branches yesterday! They just kept falling from the sky. I ate until I could hardly move!”

Photos of this group of Munching Moose. I’m making an assumption that the four moose we usually see (either in pairs or as a group of four) are always the same moose. One is a female with last springs calf. The other two are perhaps her calves from the previous year/years.

The newcomer to this group is a bull moose with antlers. It might be a younger male, since older males usually lose their antlers by now.

Bull moose on the left
Bull moose with antlers
A moose has poor eyesight but their hearing and sense of smell are excellent.
Moose are not normally aggressive unless they are harassed or it is mating season or mothers with young calves are protecting their young.

That’s it from the land of Munching Moose for this week!

 

22 thoughts on “Treed – Man Vs Moose

  1. Thanks for a great read and beautiful photos. I wonder if these characters have been visiting the last 9 winters?

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    1. It would be great if the wild life people would put a tracking collar on one of them to see how far they travel and what their home range is.

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  2. Love that last picture, Margy. And I can just see that moose saying, “Why in the world would I want to leave when that guy up the tree keeps throwing me food! –Curt

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    1. This is the time of year when food is most critical to their survival. I watched a video of moose in a particular area in Russia (they have tamed them enough to milk them). One of the things the people do in the winter is log trees. Once the trees are down, they leave them for a while for the moose to eat the smaller branches.

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  3. My one and only live look at a moose was in a nature preserve just outside of Anchorage, Alaska a few years ago. They had a maze of wooden bridges high above the preserve so you could look right down on the animals. I have to say, a moose is impressive if only for its bulk. I wouldn’t want to go near one no matter how “not normally aggressive” they are!

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    1. Yes, totally impressive in size! ‘Near’ is becoming a relative term since they turn up in our yard or in our neighbourhood with such frequency! We don’t deliberately head in their direction or leave our house when they are on our property, but it is not uncommon to be out walking on our road and suddenly see them! I think it is good that we don’t have a dog – that seems to be a factor because they represent a natural enemy to a moose.

      I haven’t found any reports of moose attacking people in our Province – the greater danger is hitting them with your vehicle!

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    1. What a story that Tree Trimming man will be telling the guys at the Fire Hall (that’s his regular job)! Our community might need signage that tells the curious to go away!

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    1. I was talking to a neighbour today who is here all winter. They have a better vantage point than us – and she said the last five years or so is when the activity picked up a lot.

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