Magnificent Young Bull Moose Climbs for Love

This Magnificent Young Bull is not going to let this small summit keep him from introducing himself to the Cow on top. It really is amazing what these huge creatures are capable of at any time, let alone the Rutting Season.


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2 Big Bulls Meet - The End of the Moose Rut

Expecting a possible Battle/Fight between two Big Bull Moose, the Fact that the Cow is no longer in Estrus kept this situation a little more relaxed and possibly even Playful. These two Big Bulls obviously know each other well as they appear to have worked out who the Boss is in a previous Fight. One seemed to want to Play, while the Other was a little more cautious.


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Magnificent Bull Moose Courting Cow During the Rut

This Magnificent Bull Moose Courts a Cow nearing the end of the Moose Rut. There was not a lot of vocalization, but a close look at the Flehmen response can be seen.


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Huge Bull Moose Pursues Receptive Cow during the Moose Rut

This Big Bull Moose is being very Vocal while He Pursues a Receptive Cow during the Moose Rut. It was a Beautiful October Evening for time with these Magnificent Creatures. This is one of the Best captures of Rutting Moose Bull Vocalizations we have to date.


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Magnificent Bull Moose Covers Ground and Swims Maligne Lake During the Rut

This Magnificent Bull is covering a lot of Ground during the Moose Rut as He looks for suitable Mates. Here you can also see Him swim across Maligne Lake. In early Rut, Moose may move about the same distance during the Day and Night, but later in the Rutting Season, Moose travel more during the night. Good swimmers, Moose can move swiftly through water for many miles/kilometers. While swimming, a Moose can sustain a speed of 6 miles per hour(9.6km/hr).


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Largest Creature in the Park Carefully Crosses Maligne River

Here is the Largest Moose Bull in this area just entering the Moose Rut as the last bits of Velvet hang from his impressive Rack. He was moving with purpose here, but took His time crossing Maligne River's higher than usual water flow. It is a bit early for the Moose Rut, but Mr. Big was vocalizing consistently and clearly looking for Cows to Court.


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Huge Bull Moose Courting Cow During the Rut

We were lucky to witness this huge bull courting a receptive cow during the Moose Rut. The active peak of rutting season for moose is generally the first two weeks of October. Farther North in the hemisphere is earlier as South is a bit later. Moose bulls may court cows for several days during their mating season. The largest and heaviest of the Deer family can often be seen in groups during this time, with both Bulls and Cows potentially competing for mates. Moose Bulls will chase off or even fight rivals for mating rights, while cows that occupy the same area may also chase each other away from a favorite bull moose. You can hear some vocalizations between the bull and cow along with seeing some very rare behavior in these gentle giants.


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Moose Bulls with Fibromas Tumor Growths

Being the most common tumor reported among moose, these growths are likely benign fibromas, a wart like growth protruding from the skin. The fibromas can be smooth or appear cauliflower shaped, ranging in size from a few millimeters to over 10 centimeters in diameter. They can be hairy or bald in nature. These growths can be in multiples and can become infected with bacteria if cut and do look quite gross, but they apparently do the Moose no harm. Eventually these sores will regress and disappear. Bulls are typically fine and Moose Cows with these growths will continue to have healthy offspring.


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We were lucky to witness this huge bull courting a receptive cow during the Moose Rut. The active peak of rutting season for moose is generally the first two weeks of October. Farther North in the hemisphere is earlier as South is a bit later. Moose bulls may court cows for several days during their mating season. The largest and heaviest of the Deer family can often be seen in groups during this time, with both Bulls and Cows potentially competing for mates. Moose Bulls will chase off or even fight rivals for mating rights, while cows that occupy the same area may also chase each other away from a favorite bull moose. You can hear some vocalizations between the bull and cow along with seeing some very rare behavior in these gentle giants.

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The Active Moose Rut Season Time and Duration

The active peak of rutting season for moose is the first two weeks of October. Farther North in the hemisphere is earlier as South is a bit later.

Early in September, however, even though no mating occurs, moose cows behavior changes towards bulls that begins to allow courtship. Bull moose come down from altitudes into the valleys and cows will socialize with bulls for the purpose of reproduction. Moose may be witnessed in small groups at this stage. Fights among bulls at this time may be possible as they begin to compete for the right to court cows.

During this early rutting phase, bulls and cows can be heard vocalizing sounds that are not usually heard at other times of the year. Moose Bulls are normally quiet, but as the rutting season starts, bull moose will announce their presence with a low-frequency grunting or gulping sounds that many call a croak.



Beginning of the Moose Rut

In the first two weeks of October, bulls will court cows for mating purposes. The largest and heaviest of the Deer family may still be seen in groups during this time, with both Bulls and Cows potentially competing for mates. Moose Bulls will chase off or even fight rivals for mating rights, while cows that occupy the same area may also chase each other away from a favourite bull moose.

While cow moose are in estrous the bulls will stay in the area, mating several times to ensure successful breeding happens.