Moose, my favourite subjects.
As with any wild animal, moose are potentially very dangerous. They should be treated
with respect and given a wide berth whenever possible.
They can be quite playful and even comical, both when alone and when interacting with
other moose. A mature bull moose that thought a few sprigs of cattail and grass would
conceal him, spent a good while playing hide and seek with me one morning. I'm lucky
enough to have witnessed two adolescent bulls running side by side for fifty meters, then
rear up and play like young horses, showing an agility seldom demonstrated by other
animals of this strength and size.
There are many stories about onlookers having lined the shoulder of Highway 60 to
photograph a bull moose, only to have him scan the crowd and then choose the busiest
spot to cross. I'm sure they do it just to prove they can.
A strong word of caution: I don’t think I can emphasize enough the danger you are
putting yourself and others in when trying to get close to a moose. These are massive
wild animals with great strength that are very capable of defending themselves with their
hooves and antlers. Although they seem almost tame at times they have been known to
charge people without any provocation. Stay close to your car when travelling along
Highway 60. Please don’t chase a moose into the forest trying for a better shot. You’ll
only get a photo of the trees and a story about the one that got away.
Go out and buy a
camera with a more magnification, it’s much safer.