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Well, unless you live in Alaska or Northern Canada.
Or Newfoundland. Or Minnesota. Or Northern Europe. Or...
Wait, let's start over. shake

I do not live in a rural area. The highway between the city where I work and the city where I live carries 30,000 vehicles a day.
Yes, there are farms and acreages between the two city limits, but still.

Last night. 4:00pm. Off to the left, in a farmer's field and running at about 40 km/hr:



Andy! shake

It was seriously spooked by the traffic. It practically stepped over a barbed wire fence, like it wasn't even there. Barely an effort to jump required.
It ran across the highway and into another field, and over another fence. Now it is running again, parallel to the highway and up to its chest in the canola crops that it is trampling; its head is swinging around, looking for a safe path away from all of the cars.
All road traffic-- and there was a ton of it-- was at a crawl, since no one wanted to get in the way of this beast if it decided to bolt across the road again.
And the image above does it justice. This wasn't a small animal; it was a full grown male with a huge set of antlers.
I couldn't get close enough to it to get a picture on my phone.
I've seen moose in the mountain parks before, but usually at a distance.

Most exciting drive home ever!
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I'm a little surprised that no one tried to approach it on foot to snap a selfie.
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Pone4games wrote:
I'm a little surprised that no one tried to approach it on foot to snap a selfie.

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Judging its irritation level, I'm not surprised. It was intimidating as hell.
I would have loved to have gotten a selfie, but it wasn't letting anything get close to it, by car or on foot.

Think about if a dog stood on the back of a cow. That's about how tall the thing was at the shoulder.
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MABBY wrote:
Pone4games wrote:
I'm a little surprised that no one tried to approach it on foot to snap a selfie.

laugh

Judging its irritation level, I'm not surprised. It was intimidating as hell.
The fallacy here is that someone might think that it would be safe to approach it if it wasn't visibly irritated. If a wild animal is scary enough that you'd be afraid to approach it when it was in a bad mood, then approaching it any time is a dangerous idea. You never know when it will spook or feel you are invading its territory or personal space.
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Thunkd wrote:
MABBY wrote:
Pone4games wrote:
I'm a little surprised that no one tried to approach it on foot to snap a selfie.

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Judging its irritation level, I'm not surprised. It was intimidating as hell.
The fallacy here is that someone might think that it would be safe to approach it if it wasn't visibly irritated. If a wild animal is scary enough that you'd be afraid to approach it when it was in a bad mood, then approaching it any time is a dangerous idea. You never know when it will spook or feel you are invading its territory or personal space.


There has been some incidents in the US National Park service where visitors were injured trying to get selfies with Bison or other wild animals. Needless to say there were injuries, but thankfully not to the animals. shake

An incident like yours put me in mind of it.
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Well, unless you live in Alaska or Northern Canada.
Or Newfoundland. Or Minnesota. Or Northern Europe.


My son saw one in Estes Park, Colorado, on a choir trip. I had no idea they got that far south but he proved it with pictures. It was in a river and my son got pretty close.

I myself have yet to see one in the wild despite numerous trips to the backwoods of Canada, Alaska, Minnesota and New England. Would love to.
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I thought Canada was nothing but Mooses.


Mooses? Moosi? Moosusses?

...For that matter, what is the proper name for a group of moose? If there isn't a name, I'm going to suggest "Magisterium", as in "A magisterium of moose."
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shumyum wrote:

I myself have yet to see one in the wild despite numerous trips to the backwoods of Canada, Alaska, Minnesota and New England. Would love to.

I ran across one once while canoeing in the BC interior. It and it's offspring swam across the river in front of us and then went crashing away through the underbrush. We paddled to the place where they exited the water; the bush was so thick, I don't think we could have followed. I was amazed by how something so huge could make it's way through something so dense.
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jeffreyac wrote:
galad2003 wrote:
I thought Canada was nothing but Mooses.


Mooses? Moosi? Moosusses?

...For that matter, what is the proper name for a group of moose? If there isn't a name, I'm going to suggest "Magisterium", as in "A magisterium of moose."


Looked it up - it's a herd of moose. I like magisterium, I also like mooseum. "I ran through a mooseum yesterday, I'm lucky to be alive!"
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jeffreyac wrote:
galad2003 wrote:
I thought Canada was nothing but Mooses.

Mooses? Moosi? Moosusses?


As a Card-Carrying Canadian™, I can assure you that the correct plural of moose is meese. It's similar to goose/geese.
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