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Moose Habitat

Moose-HabitatIn the spring season, when the longer daylight hours have warmed the woods once more, the co moose can have a couple of calves after an eight-month gestation period. If the population of the moose is more, it’s not as likely to have two calves, and it can also be the case if there is less nutritional value, or if the cow is sick. The calf moose has its most difficult time in the first few months of life. They can be the most dangerous for the calf. This is because bears and wolves can come after them. The cow will take on any challengers with sharp, hard hooves and powerful kicks as its instruments of fighting. Calves can run a few days after they’re born, but their best bet is usually to stay still. Avoiding detection is the best route. Calves are much lighter than their parents, and they ard harder to spot in tall grasses and brush.

Warmer temperatures also bring out the growth of a lighter cut for moose. They could rub against trees and shrubs to scratch themselves and get rid of heavy clumps of fur. The effect of a scraggly coat afterwards is not a problem if the weather stays warm. Moose that have rubbed off too much of their fur might die from hypothermia because they don’t have enough insulation.

The new buds and growth offer much more optimal nutritional value for the moose as they journey out from their winter feeding ground. As the spring goes on, frozen ponds and lakes start to warm, and several moose move toward the wetland areas.

Hot summer days probably don’t feel that good for moose. They might spend several hours in the water looking for plants or just trying to stay cool comfortably. One of the other reasons for jumping straight into the water is to get rid of those swarms of flies which constantly hound them The fleas that bite are mostly a nuisance though.

Autumn is the time when moose are most active. This is when the maing period begins, and it’s referred to as the “rut”. A lot of us humans can relate to that feeling of being in a “rut” when we couldn’t find someone to date. Perhaps the scientists thought it was funny to name it that way Bull moose will vigorously beat against trees and shrubs to get the velvet away from their antlers. Bull moose will take each other on for their home territory and their mating rights too. The sheer visual supremacy of the antlers will deter many other moose away without any physical contact. When bulls do fight, it is rare that one of them is seriously hurt.

The mating season is the one time during the year when you can see moose family repleae with calves, cows, and bulls. In point of fact, it is not a moose family at all. The offspring might even be from another moose couple. The bull’s only object during this time is to mate with a female moose.

Prime bulls are the first types of moose to get together some cows and start mating quickly. Weaker bulls may not get cows until much later on in the season. After the rut, and ending with the colder weather, antlers are no longer as important, and they are shed in the sequence, usually, that mating occurred. Having to take the burden of antlers into the colder season any longer could be a detriment to bulls that were weaker. Looking for food increases during this time because the terrible winter is about to come. Remember, we’re talking about the Northern Hemisphere here. Moose are in some of the coldest cities, states, countries, and continents in the world.

Colder winter months are the hardest months for moose because the food is so limited b y the winter months. They can’t go into the water because the ponds and lakes are frozen. There Is not any new, tender growth on trees either. Moose may even start to feed on dead branches. Sometimes, moose will stick together in area where’s more food. Moose go through tough period during the winter because they’re relying on their browsing of food before, and they can lose up to 1/3 of their body weight.

Colder winter months are just the hardest ones for the moose. They have less available food to eat. Deep snow ccuts away their ability to transfer to areas where there is more browse. Sometimes, moose groups will get together in an area where there is a lot food. Deep snow, however, inhibits their chances of getting to areas where is food left over. Strongly heavy snow, especially if it builds up early on in the season, can have a big effect on moose fatality This happened in Canada and Minnesota during 1996-1998. It had its effect on deer and other species too.

Both the kind of food moose can get, and its nutritional value are restricted by the winter. Water plants are cut off because the lakes and pons are frozen There is no new growth that is tender on trees winter. Moose can even take little bits of bark off trees for their food The ideal thing they can do is get stocked up during the fall and then be able to take care of themselves during the winter

Spring season begins, and the new life cycle starts all over again. It is a kind of rude awakening for the young, yearling calves. After a year of total guidance and protection, and nurturing, cows start to use their body language and aggressive actions to tell the yearling that it can no longer stick around. Cows have to carry young newborns, and the demands probably cause them to act in this way. A perplexed calf will have to fend for itself for the very first time now. Luckily, having gotten through its toughest year, a very long existence is a major possibility.