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Moose Fact # 3

Did you know that moose have no upper front teeth! Instead they have a very tough tongue, lips and gums, which help when eating woody vegetation. Moose are Herbivores and eat many types of plants and fruits. Moose need to consume approximately 9500 calories a day to maintain its body weight so they are constantly browsing on non-grasses and Forbs.  Almost 50% of its diet will consist of sodium rich aquatic plants and salt that has accumulated on roadsides during the winter months.

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just liek cows

Swamp Donkey wrote:

Did you know that moose have no upper front teeth!

 

Yep - just like cattle!

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Which adds more to the danger

Which adds more to the danger of those big moose!  Not the teeth part, but the salt on the roadway part... Wink

That goes for most mammals, moose and deer included.  They eat the salt off the edge of the roadway.  I still remember the first ever bighorns I saw in Colorado.  They were on the 70, up in the mountains from Denver.  I come around the corner, and there are 20 animals gathered around the side of the road, all with their heads down.

As for the other stuff, many, many of the moose I have seen are in the water, usually eating the grass, as you say.  Beaver ponds seem to be the most popular.  My grandparents used to canoe up and down small streams in northern Maine, and I can't count the number of times they said they'd come around a turn in the creek, and there would be a big moose just standing there. 

I guess they also hit the water to keep some of the flies off of them, but mostly for food.

Thanks for another informative post about the Swamp Donkeys.

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Wow did not know that about

Wow did not know that about their teeeth.....learned something new today.  Funny they are part of the deer family but do not have upper teeth....weird. 

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Bighorns are in the cattle fam

Bighorns are in the cattle (bovidea) family and crave salt.   They will go way out of their way to find nutrient rich grass like that of the salted grass on the side of I70.  

This makes them the easist biggame to spot in the rockies in my opinion. 

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How about they can dive over

How about they can dive over 20 ft underwater to get to the most nutricious plantlife on the floor of a pond.  Or they kill/injure more people annually than black bears and brown bears combined.  

Gotta love how wild and crazy moose are.  So amazing they have evolved to be so different than the rest of the deer family.

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Absolutely! They are amazing

Absolutely! They are amazing animals! I have pictures of a cow and a bull eating beechnut! Thats a favorite of the whitetail in the NE. Never knew they ate Beechnut! I learn something new about moose almost on a daily basis it seems!

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Meat

I was talking to a fella last night that has hunted moose two times and says it's the best meat he's ever hunted.

He's got me interested in going north and may have helped to convince the wife that it's worth doing so for a vacation/hunt.

 

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Vacation Hunt

If you decide to enter the lottery here in NH and get drawn or you have the money to bid in the NH annual Moose Auction(around $8000.00 per bid) I would love to guide you. Let me know if you want more info! Thumbs up

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Thank You

Swamp Donkey wrote:

If you decide to enter the lottery here in NH and get drawn or you have the money to bid in the NH annual Moose Auction(around $8000.00 per bid) I would love to guide you. Let me know if you want more info! Thumbs up

Thank you for the offer Swamp Donkey but that's a little too rich for my blood, the lottery cost that is.

I'm actually looking at Newfoundland for a moose hunt in the future with a hunting buddy of mine. Nothing too soon yet as it's in the planning stages only at this point.

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BikerRN wrote:

I was talking to a fella last night that has hunted moose two times and says it's the best meat he's ever hunted.

 

Biker

It's tasty that's for sure, but I still prefer elk.

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