This Big Bull Moose Stopping Traffic is an Awesome sight in Full Velvet yet, as they Begin to become more social before the Moose Rut.
When Moose wade into lakes or other bodies of water, they primarily feed on aquatic vegetation. Moose may eat the leaves, stems, and flowers of water lilies, which are common in many freshwater lakes and ponds. Moose Bulls and Cows will eat Pondweeds that are submerged aquatic plants of which are partially submerged in lakes. Water Horsetail, also known as scouring rush plant grows in shallow water and is a part of a moose's diet. Various submerged grasses that grow in lakes can be consumed by moose when they forage in the water and other aquatic vegetation depends on the specific location and ecosystem. While Moose are not underwater grazers like some marine animals, they do often venture into the water to access the plants growing near the shore or partially submerge themselves to reach submerged vegetation. This feeding behavior allows Moose to meet their nutritional needs and put on weight before and during the Moose Rut and then Winter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.