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Thursday, October 9th, 2008

A Close Encounter of the Ungulate Kind

My friend, Carol, has granted me permission to share her moose story and photos. I mentioned her encounter in a blog of Steve's and shared Steve's photo with Carol.

Here's the story (in Carol's words):

On our first trip to Alaska we decided to rent bikes and ride down the coastal trail. Not far from downtown Anchorage we saw a number of cars pulled over on the side of the road just on the other side of a strip of woods so we decided there must be a moose lurking somewhere. We walked on a small path through the strip of woods and sure enough, there he was - the most majestic bull moose we could ever have dreamed to see. So, of course, we joined the numerous other gawkers trying to get photos.


Bullwinkle (as we called him) was perfectly content to let everyone get their photos. Then he decided to stroll across the street behind a van that we were standing by. My husband wanted one last photo with me in the picture. You can probably tell I was slightly nervous.


Right after he snapped the photo, Bullwinkle decided it was time to leave -- so he ran right towards us. He wasn't mad -- just decided he had had enough of these crazy tourists. I jumped behind the van - my husband ran into a small clump of trees - and Bullwinkle ran right down the path we had walked on - maneuvered between our bikes and then ran back across the road and into the woods. It was a great experience - but I think I don't need to see anymore real live moose at close range for the rest of my lifetime.


Thanks, Carol, for sharing the story. I remember, knowing you, how I laughed when I read this and thought about you and Dick bolting from a moose. Glad you both made it through without any injuries and have the photos to share with your friends. Too bad Dick isn't in the photo too--it would make a great one for the Christmas letter! :)


Tags:  alaska, moose
32 Comments
_DELETED_soundchick
I hope no one takes this the wrong way, but I was worried you were going to say that all the sudden, out of nowhere comes Sarah Palin with a shotgun and kills the moose. I'm glad this was a nice story.
soundchick   Thursday, October 9, 2008
nikideaton
Cool, almost looks photoshopped!
niki   Thursday, October 9, 2008
lgrant
LOL...I didn't even think about that, Soundchick!

Nope, Niki, just up close and maybe too personal with "Bullwinkle".
LGrant   Thursday, October 9, 2008
reera
I wonder if this guy isn't a mascot for Anchorage, that is where we saw the bigest bull moose. Most of the others were younger and there were alot of females. Where we stayed in Homer everyone had 12 foot fences around their gardens to keep the moose out.
dannie   Thursday, October 9, 2008
lgrant
I used to love the opening sequence for Northern Exposure, the TV show, where the female moose is just walking down the street. From what I hear that isn't too far off the reality in AK.
LGrant   Thursday, October 9, 2008
dennydeaton
Holy crap look at the horns on that thing!
Denny Deaton   Thursday, October 9, 2008
My friend, who we stayed with close to downtown Anchorage, has moose in her yard quite often. But I do believe he could be the Anchorage mascot. He certainly was not affected by the number of people stopping to take his photo. And no -- it was not photoshopped.. I took the photo with my Kodak camera with a 10x zoom. We were definitely not as close as it looks - in either photo. BTW: when we were in Anchorage in June, we were told that there are 1,600 moose that live in and around Anchorage.
Carol   Thursday, October 9, 2008
spike
I think I would have a moose If I saw one that close up.
Spike   Thursday, October 9, 2008
hawkwolf
I bet Sarah Palin wouldn't be afraid of him.
BeanCounter37   Thursday, October 9, 2008
sandy
There you go--one thing Spike and Sarah Palin don't have in common.
sandy   Thursday, October 9, 2008
reera
Hi Carol, Hope you become a regular-we have lots of fun and occasionally even a pajama party!
dannie   Thursday, October 9, 2008
Thanks Dannie - sounds like you all have alot of fun. I just may have to become a regular one of these days. I know Linda sure enjoys it.
Carol   Thursday, October 9, 2008
hawkwolf
If you read Spike's About Information you see that she is from out West. In the Western States women are used to being in situations like suddenly encountering cattle and wild animals at difficult places. Just by the fact Sarah Palin lives in Alaska, Moose are an everyday sight.
BeanCounter37   Thursday, October 9, 2008
spike
WHAT? My about page says nothing about being from the WEST?
Spike   Thursday, October 9, 2008
reera
Honey, there's something I've been meaning to tell you....,
dannie   Thursday, October 9, 2008
spike
hahaha...I was thinking maybe all the road trips out West some how add up to being from the West?
I didn't get to see Moose though or even shot wolves from a helicopter? What's up with that?
Spike   Thursday, October 9, 2008
stevenheinzel
Linda, great story and pictures. The moose truly is an impressive animal!!
Denny - moose, caribou, elk, and deer have antlers. Rams, sheep, goats, cattle and bison have horns. Antlers are shed every year, horns are permanent, except for pronghorns.
stheinz   Thursday, October 9, 2008
justmeg
I am still trying to figure out why Beano had to bring politics and continues to bring politics into a really neat blog that had NOTHING to do with the election- love the pics of the moose and the story!
justmeg   Thursday, October 9, 2008
spike
no kidding.
Spike   Thursday, October 9, 2008
lgrant
I just ignore comments like that, Meg, and go with the folks who are focused on the story or at least somewhere in the vicinity. LOL
LGrant   Thursday, October 9, 2008
RickMonday
Lucky they didnt see that moose during the rut. They are very aggressive creatures at that time of year. But, awesome experience!
RickMonday   Thursday, October 9, 2008
lgrant
I've heard that Rick. I wouldn't want to get that close to something that big and unpredictable any time but especially then. As I mentioned in Steve's comments, they are quite dangerous to the sled-dogs during the Iditarod. They like to use the broken trail for ease and will attack the sled dogs fiercely if the sledder runs up on the moose without much warning. Not only the trail but the moose can be deadly during that race.
LGrant   Thursday, October 9, 2008
mrsshoo
I just laughed at Bean's comment for a good five minutes. Spike, you are a real American, Western woman. Can I borrow your chaps and spurs sometime?

When I lived in Colorado, I used to run around Lake Estes in the mornings. One morning I made the mistake of ignoring the "Beware of Mother Elk" signs. (They were a bit more technical than that, but you get the gist.) I ran upon an elk and her calf...oops. I tried to sneak away, but that wasn't happening. I was spotted and was chased into a laundromat at the top of the hill. It was terrifying at the time, but it's a great story to tell now.
Sarah S.   Thursday, October 9, 2008
lgrant
LOL, Sarah...guess you can take "being chased by a mother elk" off your bucket list. :)
LGrant   Thursday, October 9, 2008
reera
Spike, actually we found you under a cabbage leaf in a Western Tennesse cabbage patch. Now the truth has come out, I hope you don't feel too traumatized, love you. Mom
dannie   Thursday, October 9, 2008
mrsshoo
Actually "Being chased by a moose" was on there...no elk though.
Sarah S.   Thursday, October 9, 2008
igna83
I'm passing Dannie's "12-foot fencing around gardens" story to my mother because she complains about having to put chicken wire around her beans due to rabbits...if she only knew!!
Angi   Thursday, October 9, 2008
RoseDeaton
Hey Carol, I love the helmet, do you always wear a helmet when you go Moose hunting? He is really beautiful! I know you rented bikes but it's not such a bad idea, right?
gigi   Friday, October 10, 2008
You should see the helmet I wear when I snow ski. It even has pigtails coming out of it.
Carol   Friday, October 10, 2008
lgrant
I think there might be a photo of that hat, Carol, on my site. I think I posted it way back to show you and the birds who would land on your arm. I'll check and see if I have it. If not I know I have it at home, I think.
LGrant   Friday, October 10, 2008
These pictures are awesome! You really don't understand the enormous size of the animal until the 2nd pic!
BrOwN EyeD GirL   Friday, October 10, 2008
linloufl
Hi - I just started an album tonight and I see that you made a comment about my flowers. Thanks for the encouragement. I'm not too familiar with "finding" people I might know on Humzoo, but I assume you found me because my album had "Alaska" in it.

I just got back from a wonderful trip in July. When I saw your moose pictures it reminded me of a story one of our hike leaders told after we encountered a moose on a trail. It had something to do with a woman running towards a moose with two children in tow, trying to feed it and shouting "Give a Moose a Muffin", the title of a popular kid's book. lol
Lindy Lou   Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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