No, you don't see that everyday do you. Interesting story in that this is not the first moose in NE. Wonder why there is enough food for deer, but not the moose? Does it eat different foods or just so much more that the area can't sustain it?
Feel sorry for the drivers, not only for the damage to their vehicles but the grief they are going to have to take about hitting the only moose in NE.
That is crazy! Those people sure are lucky. It sucks that their cars sustained so much damage but atleast they are not dead. Hitting an animal that big can easily mean the end of your life... just ask people from Alaska. Can you imagine how surprised you would be if you were driving at night in Nebraska and all of a sudden a moose walked out in front of you? Its kind of like that elephant that escaped from the circus last year that caught clipped by an old couple driving on a country road at night. If it happened to me I would think that I was hallucinating.
Moose are almost strictly browsers and therefore they eat woody plant species. Their favorite food source is willows. I am not familiar with that area or its vegetation types so I can not speak to the specifics of moose not being able to survive long term there but I can imagine that that is the case. That is just insane! And that is a really big cow too. I couldn't tell from the article if someone got to keep the meat or not. They just mentioned that the crash might have ruined some of the meat.
makes sense that the right food for moose not being there. A couple of years ago some poor guy hit an elk in Kansas. We have an elk herd, but you don't hear about elk car collisions very often here. Elk or moose they will put a hurting on your car.
I'd bet that the moose was traveling through being pressured from it's native range for some reason or just having a case of wander lust. The article suggested that she came from neighboring Wyoming, so maybe the resident herd was at or past carrying capacity or perhaps she was wandering to avoid wolves.
Kinda surprized it was a cow; seems like it's usually young bulls that explore new horizons. Earlier this year a young bull moose was wandering through the town of Wells, NV. Wells is about 100 miles from the nearest moose habitat north in Idaho & seeing one here is about as common as seeing a whitetail in San Fransisco.
That is surely not too comon. Here in New York the sitings of moose are rare enough that it usually makes the local newspaper, especially if anyone manages to capture a moose on film. I think they figure that there are somewhere near a thousand moose in New York now. They have decided that we have a breeding population that stay in the state now, not just a few that wander in from Vermont or Canada from time to time.
Hopefully we'll get a hunting season soon.
At least I'm hoping for one in my lieftime anyway! I bought my son a lifetime hunting license for New York State when he was three years old. I think it would be cool if he gets to huntmoose with it - especially if he brings his dear old dad along as a hunting partner like you did!
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...