About a month ago Kita said there was something interesting up the road. Ben, Kia and I walked out to see what was up. About 2,000 feet down the road Kita led us up into the woods for a couple hundred feet. Low and behold, her discovery was a dead moose. I didn’t see any obvious signs of what killed it and there was food in its digestive track so I doubt it starved to death.
I don’t have enough knowledge about how teeth indicate age but perhaps someone else can comment.
I took these photos this week, after the flesh had been mostly cleared away. Someone large, perhaps the black bear, had dragged the hide and one leg out from under the remaining skeleton. It had moved that about 15 feet away before abandoning the effort. There isn’t much left to eat so that was a rather desperate move to put in so much effort to move a couple of hundred pounds of skin and bones. I doubt anything smaller than the bear or catamount could have dragged those items out from under the skeleton.
See Ode to Melvin the Moose for a followup on this.
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