Thursday, September 20, 2012

Moose on the loose

Yesterday afternoon I went to Camas National Wildlife Refuge to do some birding and to check on the three bull moose bachlors that have been there for a year.  Low and behold the largest bull had found two girlfriends and was protective of the two.  The cows wandered on their own and the bull was determined that no males, including me, would mess things up for him.
As one of the cows came near me, the bull did a stalk on me.
He decided to charge, but there was deep water between us and he would stop there.
He would bellow at the cows, but they would look up at him and then continue eating.
He got a little angry at us all and took it out on some willows.  Probably just sharpening the tines for me.
He had to chase after one of the wandering cows and then looked back and me, warning me to keep my distance.
The other cow moved across the road from me and he decided he was tired of me being too close.  So he pawed and ground, urinated in it and I headed for the truck. 
I did not get any pictures of him chasing the truck down the road, but he chased the truck for about 20 yards before heading back to round up his two partners.
The last I saw of them was as they headed into the high bullrushes -  right toward the other two bull moose.  I'm afraid he will have a fight on his hands.
What a great time in the wilds of Idaho and I will be there looking for them again and soon.


Bekkieann said...

Fantastic shots, and wonderful story, though a bit scary!

Lois Evensen said...

One determined guy! Yep, good time for you to get out of his space. :)

Gaelyn said...

How exciting!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gosh -- that's a wild story! (In every definition of the word wild!)...Wow. (I hope you keep that water between you when you go back to check him out.)

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Wonderful opportunity for the photos and almost too close for comfot by the sounds of it!

ZielonaMila said...

Wonderful photographs, wonderful animals. I am greeting

Janie said...

Whoa, that's kind of scary that he'd chase your truck down the road. He really was protective of his ladies!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great thing to see. My Mother always told me to be very wary of a moose if I ever encountered one.

Grayquill said...

Yikes!! I don't think you run as fast as you use to. Living on the edge I guess will keep you young. Great pictures!

Jann said...

What a wonderful, exciting wildlife encounter! And awesome photos to go with! Thanks for sharing Bill, this is a really nice post.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What grand images Bill, and oh you must be careful...a bull Moose on the loose and plotting after you would not be such a great thing... Just arrived home after a long journey for 17 days~

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What a grouch! Glad you made a safe get-away :-)

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Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hi there Bill what an adventure. To bad I wasn't there to take pictures when this big fellow chased you down.
Thanks for sharing the pictures you've send out are the best.
Hope things are fine at your end of the woods.
Hugs Dagmar

troutbirder said...

There has to be a moral in this boy/girls story... but I'm not sure what it is...:)

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