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Moose in Algonquin

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Algonquin Moose

By: Pat Coate

Even more than birds, I really enjoy seeing moose (and catching them with my camera is an added bonus). As such, I spend some time each year ‘stalking’ them in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Most years I am able to at least see them along Highway 60, which cuts across the southern portion of the park, and other years I have been lucky enough to see them while canoeing or hiking. Here are some photos of this year’s moose, seen along Highway 60.

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Algonquin Moose

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Moose

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Moose

You can see what I believe are ticks on the rear hide of this moose. Often the moose in Algonquin (and other areas like Michigan and Maine) are infested with ticks – a study done in New Hampshire found the average number of ticks per moose is an astounding 35,000. We have seen moose that have rubbed portions of their fur off clear down to the skin in an effort to rid themselves of these pests. Ticks are actually a major threat to moose -due to weakening them and/or causing hypothermia if enough skin is exposed during winter.


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7 responses

  1. I have never been up to Algonquin, but my friends have, they say that there are always plenty of moose to be found.

    5 August 2010 at 10:10 am

  2. Marg

    My next best thing to seeing birds at Algonquin, is the moose, the last time we went hardly any birds, but LOTS of moose!

    (and stupid people harassing them :()
    Gorgeous shots!

    10 August 2010 at 12:05 pm

  3. Poor baby. It must be awful to have an itchy butt!
    That first photo is a keeper. All I kept thinking (or ‘hearing’) was, “You lookin’ at ME?” 😀

    12 August 2010 at 2:12 pm

  4. vicki

    Your pictures make it look like we could have touched the moose!!! That was a great day!!

    12 August 2010 at 4:36 pm

  5. Frank J Voelker

    I remember paddling around a bend in the Tim River up there and coming bow to face with an enormous bull which was in water up to his neck. We were both startled and he erupted out of the water and onto land with impressive power. My friend at the stern was in serious reverse paddle mode.

    13 August 2010 at 12:57 pm

  6. Hooooly moses! That’s a great shot! I have yet to see a moose in the wild and I must admit I didn’t know any lived that far south. (I would have made more trips to the area when I lived in Baltimore – shout out to the Orioles post you made before! -if I’d known!)

    Perhaps we need to introduce oxpeckers to native moose populations? 🙂

    All Nature, All the Time.
    http://theroamingnaturalist.wordpress.com/

    24 August 2010 at 2:21 pm

  7. Silly me. I thought the moose was part of the Allegany collection. Half of my family lives there, but I must say I have never seen a moose in the area. Great photography! Thank you for sharing.

    13 September 2010 at 1:16 am

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