Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Denali - Moose
I see Moose every evening when I check the Denali road for critters. As in the above image the bulls are in velvet and just sprouting their antlers. The velvet is loaded with blood vessels which nourish the antlers until they stop growing and the bull scrapes the velvet off in August. Can't wait to see these guys when they have their full head gear in the fall. The odd clump of hair that hangs below the lower jaw is called a bell. Researchers think that the males dampen the bell in some urine soaked earth and then mark rear of the cow indicating to others that she has been mated.
In few summer months here in Denali, moose antlers can grow from knobs you see in the photos to huge racks that can weigh as much as 80 pounds. A pound of antler growth can be added a day.
This younger fellow below, with barely new showing knobs, has a few seasons before he will be battling the big guys.
Below is a typical scene in the evening on the way back to my cabin.
Next post will be the Lynx.