On 4/7/2014 11:08 PM, Peter Montgomery wrote:
Totally off topic except this is being sent in April.
I've had some experiences with New Hampshire moose. My wife and I are
hikers and backpackers and have seen a few here and there but about 35 years
ago when the state was putting up signs along the highways saying something
like "Watch for moose, n collisions so far" I was hiking up a trail to a
ridge when I met a bull moose hiking down. We both stopped, face to face,
and sized each other up. He yielded first, going into the woods. It wasn't
so much that I wasn't going to yield as I wasn't going to tick him off by
even flinching. Some ten years later driving at night from a restaurant
after celebrating a wedding anniversary a cow moose came running out of the
woods. The brakes, screeching swerving tires and a moose's screams made an
ungodly sound. My wife said we missed it by inches (I was concentrating more
on finding a place to steer the car than measuring.) Someone else wasn't so
lucky and hit her calf. By this time the state had given up on updating the
counts of collisions on its signs.
BTW - if you do go on a NH moose sighting trip do it in the spring. There
are more moose because the collisions reduce the population by late summer.
Oh yeah, about 20 years ago there was a moose wandering around Boston College.