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Hot summer moose!

Today I just want to touch on summer moose for a bit, this time of year when the days get hot and muggy, we as people take refuge in air conditioned cars, homes and work places or in and around water sources such as lakes, beaches and water parks in an effort to cool off from the hot summer sun. We are also able to shed clothing to cool ourselves off.
Moose on the other hand have a very rough time during the hot summer months. Unable to cool themselves by taking off layers of clothing or jump in front of an air conditioner. Moose can cool themselves in a number of ways including the majority of movement taking place at night usually after midnight till daybreak, this is when the air is the coolest. The daylight hours are way too hot to move around and they consume way too much valuable energy in the process which is why you can also find them in water bodies at night soaking up water and consuming plants growing in these waters.
For the most part during these hot days of summer, moose will find mud holes located in shaded damp areas of the forest or on the edges of marshes and roll in them until there body is covered by a thick layer of mud. They will bed in these areas for several hours at a time. This mud serves a couple purposes, such as protecting them from bugs and flies and also the mud is cool which helps them maintain a cooler body temp. So if your not seeing moose in the middle of the day during the summer months, this may be a reason why!

Where have you seen moose during these hot DAYS? Higher Elevations? Swamps, Marshes or Meadows?

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Good write-up, and a prime

Good write-up, and a prime reason to be careful up there.  The moose have to cram almost all of their movement into the nighttime hours, which makes for some dangerous travel on the back roads.

Keep an eye out up there, and be safe!

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Thanks alot! Very true, lots

Thanks alot! Very true, lots of collisions every year with this giant!

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