Moose Crossing

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Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808

Greetings from our vacation in New Hampshire!

Being from the suburbs of New Jersey, we were pretty excited (and surprised) the first time we saw a sign like this.

 

 

We spoke to a few (many) locals and learned that, to them, moose are relatively common - perhaps not as common as deer are to us Jesey folk, but common enough that every local had had some kind of interaction.

So we booked a Moose Safari. A local gentleman outfitted a bus with external floodlights and takes groups of tourists up to the more remote areas of the State and finds moose.

So at 8:00 last night, we boarded the bus.

 

It was a long drive - we headed toward Mout Washington into the New Hampshire State Forest. On the way, the driver played a few videos for us. We learned that the moose in New Hampshire were all Eastern Moose which live in eastern Ontario, Quebec, the Atlantic Provinces in Canada, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and even as far south as Rhode Island, Connecticut, and northern New York.  Female moose are called cows and they can grow to about 600 pounds. Male moose are called bulls and they are about 6 1/2 feet tall at the shoulder, as much as 9 feet long, and can weight almost 1000 pounds. Moose breed in the fall and have their calves in the spring. We also learned that the population of moose in New Hampshire was around 10,000 and that it was about half of what it had been a few years ago because of a tick borne disease.

When the sun had set and the skies were dark, the driver started using the flood lights to illuminate the edges of the road into the woods. 

Within a few minutes, we saw our first moose! It was an adult cow! She was gone before we could get a photo of her. Even though the driver had warned us that moose are frightened by voices and we had to be incredibly silent when there was a moose in sight, that first sighting was so exciting that we all forgot. Minutes later, we saw a small bull. He also quickly ran into the woods.

A few miles up, one of the passengers said that she thought she saw something so the driver turned around and re-traced his path more slowly. Sure enough, about 20 feet from the bus there was a moose feeding in the tall grass. This time, everyone on the bus remembered to be quiet and we were able to get a few photos! Since the moose's head was down, we couldn't tell if it was a male or a female, but 2 minutes later, he looked up to see us and the entire bus gasped.

He was beautiful! Wayne quickly snapped as many pictures as he could while this bullmoose essentially posed for us for about 4 minutes and then, growing bored of us I suppose, he meandered back into the woods!

The driver continued on. We saw a cow with her bull yearling. The driver told us that's a good thing for him - tourists enjoy seeing pairs of moose - but it's unusual for moose to be together unless they are mother and child or twins. He also said it was a bad thing for the moose population because by this time of year the cow should have had a new calf and the fact that she was traveling with her yearling meant that she hadn't gotten pregnant last fall. The evening got capped off by another sighting of the magnificent bullmoose who didn't stay long enough to pose but gave us all a great view!

What an incredible night!

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~ Wayne & Jean 

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Carolyn Crispin
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So glad to share that experience through your eyes! Seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is thrilling.

Jun 23, 2016 10:05 PM #1
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl ,

Sounds like you are having fun on you vacation and learning something too! Thanks for the armchair travel seeing wildlife on you trip through their natural habit.

Jun 23, 2016 10:36 PM #2
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Sybil Campbell
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I would rather see the sign than to run into one of these in person or with my car for that matter.

Jun 23, 2016 11:43 PM #3
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My son was pretty big when he was born. His nickname is moose for this reason.

Jun 24, 2016 12:10 AM #4
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Ironic that you mention the driver's concern regarding the non-pregnancy of this mother moose, Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl ... we were just watching a show on cable regarding a similar topic with polar bears.  Some of these animal species are in trouble in this regard.

Love the pic you shared from New Hampshire!  You make me want to visit and see moose for myself soon ...  enjoy!

Gene

Jun 24, 2016 01:13 AM #5
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Hi Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl .   I'm so glad that you were able to see some moose and get some pictures.   Your right in my neighborhood, we see moose all the time.  It can be scary at night, we have to watch for them.  My Daughter hit one a few years ago, she was fine but she totaled her truck.  Thank you for sharing and I hope you continue to have a great vacation, take care 

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Wayne and Jean- how exciting was that!  I love seeing animals in their natural habitat!  

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Sounds like a fun vacation, I think it would be strange to see the sign in the suburbs. 

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