We we on Macintosh Lake in Algonquin this week and a male moose wandered into our campsite and made himself at home. He eventually bedded down right in front of a tent. At first we just went about fixing dinner but With night approaching and sleeping bags and extra clothes in the tent we made a lot of noise and the moose got up and trotted off. We moved the tent closer to the others but an hour later he came back and we scared him away again. Has anyone experienced similar behavior and what did you do?
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Posted by: acre on Jul-24-13 9:29 AM (EST)
I have seen moose that seemed very unfazed with humans, walking through campsites and into neighborhoods., The humans involved have almost always given them the respect they deserve. Years ago there was a moose at the Chimney Pond campsite on Mt. Katadin that used to sleep right in front of the rangers cabin and caused no problems.
Posted by: ppine on Jul-24-13 2:20 PM (EST)
Give em' space, a way OUT...and you|
Posted by: bigspencer on Jul-26-13 4:18 PM (EST)
I canl attest to the fact |
Posted by: rpg51 on Aug-11-13 8:51 AM (EST)
that a graphite fly rod will not stand up to being stepped on by a bull moose. Something to keep in mind.
....ouch, and I imagine it cost a|
Posted by: bigspencer on Aug-14-13 1:34 PM (EST)
Just want to share a word of advice..|
Posted by: voyageur47 on Aug-17-13 3:51 PM (EST)
that I learned during my 24 years in Montana. Early on, several Montana Fish & Game officers offered this observation: "The only difference between a moose and a grizzly bear is, once in a while, a grizzly is in a good mood !" Don't be fooled by the docile appearance of some moose. They can transform into a camp/boat/tent/vehicle wrecker in an instant. Give them a wide berth and respect their 1/2 ton of muscle !
Posted by: ppine on Aug-25-13 12:58 PM (EST)
Voyageur has it right. Respect moose because they don't respect you. If one is hanging around, go somewhere else if you can't shoo him away after the first try. You are in his territory.
Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-25-13 7:14 PM (EST)
is there another reason to respect|
Posted by: bigspencer on Aug-28-13 1:05 PM (EST)
Absolutely not pussycats!|
Posted by: Beaverjack on Aug-30-13 8:01 PM (EST)
Moose will charge you or your car. Bulls can be very dangerous during rut. Don't make the mistake of grunting at one during the fall. A neighbor of mine tried to scare one off a haystack with her car horn. The bull promptly ran up the hood of the car and broke her windshield. I've seen them laying around in yards and outside cabins. Don't think they want to be sociable with humans.
...moose will turn & charge IF they|
Posted by: bigspencer on Sep-01-13 1:41 PM (EST)
feel threatened. Tailgating a moose can be ~30'+, you never know. Many idiots from highway driving just think their vehicle can catch up & pass before the animal reacts. Have to remember that their eyesight is poor, and they're blinded by headlights, but their hearing is pretty good. They know when you're ~50' away..
Posted by: markk on Aug-31-13 7:54 PM (EST)
Posted by: emanoh on Sep-07-13 9:44 PM (EST)
Three weeks ago we saw a young bull moose playing like a puppy dog in the surf off a beach at Isle Royale. We were pretty far off shore, but he spotted us, stared us down for 10 seconds and then hightailed it into the brush. For a first encounter it was pretty cool.
Yes..they love being in the water...|
Posted by: bigspencer on Sep-11-13 10:12 PM (EST)