Saturday, March 04, 2006

Friendly Encounter

Moose frequently visit the city of Anchorage. I guess it gets really cold up in the mountains and they come to the neighborhood looking for some warmth and food. They can be huge in size and they are left alone to wonder in the city. You definitely don't want to hit one of these. They do block the traffic sometime as they always seem to have the green light. Literally there are hundreds of these animals wondering. They are not particularly friendly, so those are not the type that you would pet. However, the real one that you keep a distance from is the mother moose! So if you see her with her baby the smart thing to do is KEEP A WAY!
I have not tasted the moose yet, but those who did liked it. For obvious reasons, nobody is allowed to hunt them in the city. Hunting can be done in the woods and it is popular here. For those who are unlucky enough to kill a moose with their car, there is hard work ahead of them; they have to assume to role of the butcher and separate the meat which is taken then by authorities to be delivered to road kill charities. As that was not enough, they are also responsible for proper disposal of the remains. But one has to mention the good manners of our moose; unlike the moose wondering in Sweden, ours are sober! It turned out that in Sweden they have problem with drunken moose who misbehave. They get drunk from eating apples that get fermented under the snow. The moose is dumb to start with and I don't think he gets any smarter with the booze.
This particular moose was close to my house and he actually waited for me to get my camera form home! It is not a great picture as I had to use the zoom . This picture was taken today 6:30 pm
Encounter with the moose is usually a friendly compared to the other animal that sometime wonder in the city looking for the moose, THE BEAR!

My Regards
Abu Hesham
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At 2:58 AM, Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl said...

That is scary!!
When I first arrived here in Canada, we were staying with friends.
I had two encounters with animals outside the house: one was a skunk (yuck) and the other was a racoon.
I froze in my steps ... and was joking to my mother, relatives and friends that I will see a moose next, followed by a bear!!
Now I don't think that is impossible... so I am bracing myself for the attack!!
Thanks Haitham for scaring me ;)

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Abu Sinan said...

Moose cause more deaths every year in Alaska than the bears do. When I used to come to Anchorage for training the moose used to hang out in the parking lot of the hotel.

I have eaten moose, not that good. Caribou is better. The only issue with Caribou is you have to be careful with the sausage. It doesnt have much in the way of fat so they add either pork or beef to it.

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