Moody moose in the neighborhood

I see moose (Alces alces) almost every day during the winter. That is, most of them I see during night, when it is dark and not so easy to see them. But some days I can see them just outside the window, like the one above, resting in the snow.

But most of the times when I see moose in broad day light, I see them hiding in the woods when I walk the dog. Because these animals are usually not moving around much during the day.

Moose, or Eurasian Elk, which maybe are the correct for the Scandinavian moose, is a big animal. Much bigger than a normal horse, and some people are afraid of them. Especially since the are walking around quite close to the houses some times. This happens most often when it is dark and most people do not see them then, but still, they are afraid.
I am not. As I said, I almost see a moose or two every day (especially at night), and only once did one of them make a charge toward me and the dog. But I understand why. We were very close, because of the dark night we did not see them before we were too close. But it was just a warning. This is wild animals, who have their body language that has to be respected. Mayself I never go straight towards these animals. And I will turn and go another way if I think I will disturb them. And contrary to some of my neighbours I do not mind if a moose walk through my garden. Because there is nothing much to eat there now. It is all covered with snow.

The moose above lives in a moose farm in Sweden that is a tourist attraction. As far as I know there are no moose farms in Norway, but there are some in zoo, like Familieparken i Nord-Trøndelag. But most of them live in the wilderness, and because the wolf got more or less extinct some hundred years ago, there is now a lot of moose in Norway. And because there is a lot of them, and even more cars, there are a lot of car accidents. Between 6000 and 7000 moose, deer and roe deer are killed by cars every year, and only in January this year about 90 moose were killed by train in Norway. So it is hard to be a wild animal sometimes.

In my web gallery you can see some more of my moose photos.



33 thoughts on “Moody moose in the neighborhood

  1. Wonderful photos! It’s why I post so many photos on Natural Unseen Hazards – so readers won’t forget there is a truly beautiful side to nature that balances those unseen hazards. Thanks for visiting and for giving me an opportunity to reciprocate.


  2. You’re so lucky to be up close to these creatures so often and year-round! I’m in Canada, and usually I see them in spring and summer when I drive along the highway that runs through a huge provincial park north of me, because they come out of the forests to drink the salty water in the ditches beside the road (salt gets thrown on the road in winter to melt ice and snow). How fortunate that you live somewhere where they roam around your grounds! Beautiful photos.


  3. Beautiful, gentle looking creatures, Bente. Are they hunted as food? We hunt them here and our population is on the decline.


    1. Thank you Dave, and sorry for not answering before! ;( Yes, moose are hunted here, as are deer, roedeer and wild reindeers, and the population is not on the decline (except maybe in areas were wolves are reintroduced). About 36.000 moose is hunted every year, and that is a lot in a small country like this. Actually the moose hunt is such a strong tradition in the countryside that the society almost stands still the first week of the hunting. And the moose meat is used as food of course. In Norway hunting, fishing, berry-picking etc is called “harvesting the nature”. The game populations are strongly regulated.


      1. “Harvesting the nature” is called subsistence living over here. I like your term better. Moose is a major staple to that diet, and I have read reports by the Fish and Game Department that our region is ideal for the moose. We have boggy areas and lots of willow that they like. But for some reason their numbers are declining. With so few people in our region, it doesn’t make sense to me.


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