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A moose ran by our window!
May 21, 2010
7:17 pm
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We had a (year old?) moose run by our front window when we were eating lunch today. Talk about a surprise! I just glanced out and saw this big brown thing trotting by. bug-eyed We have never seen a moose here before, but a few years ago there was talk of one being seen. We’ve had a bear in our raspberries before but we weren’t around at that time. I was baffled as to why our friends had been so hard on our bushes, & the fence, & the grass was flattened…oh…it must have been something else…then a neighbor told us that there was a bear just north of our place a while back. The dog must have bothered it and got it to leave. That explained it all.

Anyway, this is the first time the kids saw an actual moose. I thought for sure our dog, a Norwegian elkhound (“moose dog”…very beautiful dogs), would have taken off after her. After all, they are used to hunt moose in Norway and such. The wind must have been wrong. She didn’t see it either. I took her along the road to see if she could find the trail, and she got pretty excited in our saskatoon bushes. I found its tracks and it must have motored right through there! She loved smelling the new scent, but didn’t follow it far. I guess they need to see the game too? Thing is, if she had followed it, she wouldn’t have been happy until we shot it and we wouldn’t have been able to retrieve her  as she would be doing her natural job keeping it between her and us. But the other problem would have been that we can’t hunt moose in our area, and especially not this time of year.

I did get a shaky video. Boy, can those animals move!

Anyway, that was our excitement for the day. I thought that you might enjoy it. 

May 21, 2010
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They are immense in size.  My oldest lives in Alaska and a yearling attempted to come in the house through an open door on the patio.  He was able to make enough noise and chase him farther into the yard and then down the street.  Glad your kiddos got to see it though.  Would love to live out of the city where we could see wild life other than foxes, coyotes and raccoons!  Thanks for sharing that experience with us.

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May 21, 2010
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What fun!  Also glad you got the experience today.   yes

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

May 21, 2010
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Into the house? Wow! I bet that could have done a lot of damage. It is good to hear that he got it out. That is not a housemate that I would want to have. no

We figure that it got a whiff of the dog and changed direction some, as well as speeding up a bit before the dog would notice.

May 21, 2010
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Yup, I had to call into work one morning because there was a moose bedded down in our driveway… funny thing about Alaska, when you call into work and tell them you’re going to be late because there’s a moose in your driveway, they just say, “OK, get here as soon as you can.” and don’t blink an eye.

Here in Ohio, tonight when I was heading out to shut up the coop two white tailed deer went bounding out of the yard.

Those deer cousins are sure busy! smiley-puppy

 

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May 22, 2010
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Right now it is storming like crazy, the rain is coming down and  the wind is vicious and I wonder how many trees are down tomorrow morning.

Power went of 4 times already…so the dish washer stays off and I hope I get my rhubarb/strawberry jam in jars tonight.

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