There has been an explosion in the moose population in the South Hills. I first heard about the numbers from one of our county commissioners. Later, I had it confirmed by Terry Thompson, regional spokesperson for Idaho Fish and Game.
Moose in Lower 48 don’t need as much space as moose in Alaska.
What surprises me is that I didn’t think there would be a spike after last year’s Badger Fire. Apparently this created some conditions that moose seem to like. Moose in Lower 48 don’t need as much space as moose in Alaska. The variety is greater there. They are shy creatures. Two decades ago I lived in Vermont. Coming home from work one evening in late May, I looked up at a cliff and saw a bull surveying the valley below. As I got closer, I slowed down to see better. He rushed into the forest.
A few months later my daughter and I were driving all the way to New Hampshire and saw a cow drinking in a creek along the old Highway 2. Again, I slowed down out of caution and the moose rolled back in. brushwood.
These are not animals that you can pet. The wayward, local behemoths can be the size of a light truck.
There are about 300 to 400 moose in the hills. Ranging from bulls to cows to calves. It is very possible that if you recreate yourself in the area, you might have a meeting. Be very careful and try to walk away. They can often be seen from Deadline Ridge though, again. Don’t come near. Like all mammals, moose are particularly protective of young people.
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