Several times in the past I’ve written about the moose that frequent these mountains and marshes [1, 2, 3, 4]. Recently a wildlife biologist from Kimble Union Academy came to pick over the bones of the moose we had found in the woods. He said that according to the growth of the bones this moose was less than five years old because the shin bones were not yet fused together.
So it was not the skeleton of Melvin the Moose that we found near the Sugar Shack. We have known Melvin his whole life, since he was a knobby, wobbly kneed calf at his mother’s side. He is over 15 years old. It is possible that Melvin’s still out there wandering the mountain but at this point he would be a very old moose and we haven’t seen him in the past two years. The photo above is him and one of his ladies from many years ago. The other mare had exited the field into the woods just before I took that photo.
The reason the wildlife biologist came to look at our moose bones is he and his school class are building a display of a moose skeleton. They were missing a few bones from the feet and neck. He took the ones he needed from our collection. At some point we’ll go down to see the completed display and maybe I can post a photo here.
In other moose bone news, apparently in New Hampshire they have recently put on display a complete skeleton of two interlocked, battling bull mooses (meese? moosie? meesie?) at the Manchester airport.
Outdoors: 68°F/42°F 1″ Rain
Farm House: 62°F/52°F
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/51°F