Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Moose "Haunting"!

From reading my "Blog" everyone knows I love the "moose hunt" from the middle of September to the middle of October. I like flying the guys out, and giving them "the gears" in regards to all the equipment they bring, which is always "way too much". Anyhow, they really enjoy their time in the bush, with buddies, sleeping in tents, fishing, enduring snowstorms and freezing temps., and cooking over an open fire, and consuming large quantities of "giggle-juice". All this is done in their "quest" to get a shot at "Alces Alces" (moose in Latin), and return home with "meat for the winter". What happens though, when you can't get "rid" of a moose? Check out this story, apparently taking place in (where else?) Alaska!


When this little guy was "littler", he lost his mother. So the Alaska Department of Fish and Game brought him to Wendall and Debbie. They asked them to get the "little moose" raised to a safe age to turn him loose again. They took care of him and bottle-fed him, and after a while they fed him with their cows. Last spring he was a year old and it was time to turn him back into the wild. They opened the gate and off he went. He stayed gone all summer; then this fall he was back with the cows! He really thinks he is a cow! For now all were happy to see him . . . he is a pretty friendly fella! He loves honey buns and will eat them right out of your mouth! Wendall and Debbie live up in the mountains and so it came time to bring their cows down. Well . . . the moose was lonely all by himself so he headed down to find another herd of cows to hang with. The neighbors called about a week later and asked Wendall to please come and get his "Moose". So Wendall headed out with a honey bun, bucket of grain and the horse trailer and brought the moose back home. The moose is free to go anytime he wants but is choosing to stay put for now. Surely, come spring he will start to feel a bit like a boy Moose and take off . . . but, for now he seems happy!

 Meet "the family", and "the moose"!

 Wendall, and his "partner"! "Hey, where's my hat"?

 "OK, OK".

 "Pucker up, buddy"!

 "Hey Wendall, try some Clorets"!

"Absolutely amazing"! Unbelievable? Not by "any stretch". A number of years back, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation filmed a program that detailed a "trek" that Dr. Vince Crichton made into Riding Mountain National Park in western Manitoba. Vince is the senior Wildlife Biologist for the Manitoba Government, and a good personal friend of mine. I have flown him "out to the bush" for numerous years, and this fall, I flew him to an area near the Sasaginnigak River, and his party harvested one moose. He had a reporter along by the name of Sandy Coleman, during the "aforementioned program", a very "bubbly" local personality. As they made their way along a trail, a moose "charged" out of the bush straight for them. Sandy screamed, and grabbed Vince, and hid behind him. The moose ran closer, stopped, Sandy was "hollering", and then the moose started "sniffing" Vince's pockets. Vince reached into his pockets, pulled out some bananas, and fed them to the moose. Apparently it was a similar situation as the "one above", as the mother of the moose had been "poached" in a previous season, and Manitoba Natural Resources had fed the moose, hoping it would stay alive and wild. Vince had been involved, had monitored the situation, and whenever he came to check on the progress with the moose, had brought it bananas. It was quite a "video moment"! Anyways, congratulations to Debbie and Wendall for their "selfless act", hopefully this moose doesn't end up in "someone's freezer"........ A moose truly is "a majestic animal"...........

(Vince is also the Canadian President of the North American Moose Foundation. Check out some info and pics!)

LINK - North American Moose Foundation (NAMF)

 "From My Past"; 15 years ago, pilot Chris "Bogan" Bridge, and Dr. Vince Crichton, rear, untie one of Vince's canoes from "stalwart" Beaver CF-QQG, S/N 1675. This was on the Bloodvein River. Photo by "Me"!

.....and the "last" word of my "Post" goes to the moose.........

  Posted by Picasa "Merry Christmas"!

shes a beautiful beaver.
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