Saturday, August 12, 2006

Moose on the Road to St. Bride's

Moose are not native to Newfoundland but were introduced in 1904. Four moose were brought to the island from New Brunswick and today their descendants number about 120,000 . Moose are the largest members of the deer family, standing 7 1/2 feet at the shoulder and bulls can carry 40 pounds of antlers. Their large size in combination with their tendency to wander onto roadways have made them a major hazard for highway drivers especially at dusk and dawn.

I spotted this young cow moose while driving home from a day's outing at Cape St. Mary's and was lucky enough to press the camera shutter just once before she disappeared into the forest.

1 comment:

Diane said...

Welcome back from your vacation. Look forward to many more lovely pictures.