If you’re craving a moose sighting, look no further than Waterville Valley, NH. A young male moose has been wandering around the valley for the past week or so and has provided a number of photo opportunities for grateful moose watchers!
According to “Moose – Life Cycle,” spring is a time of new beginnings for moose. After the winter, when food was scarce, moose need to replenish their depleted body. Some of the moose’s favorite food, new plant shoots, are starting to grow.
Many female moose, called cows, are pregnant at this time of year and are almost ready to calve. About a week before a mother moose gives birth, somewhere from late May to early June, she begins to chase away her 1-year-old calf, called a yearling. She’s taught the yearling all he needs to know and it’s time for him to be on his own. She may have to go as far as kicking the yearling to chase him away. These yearlings are very vulnerable at this time of year; bewildered almost. Many are hit by cars before they catch on that their mothers aren’t there to watch out for them.
Waterville Valley’s young bull is probably one of those newly independent yearlings. So, please take care as you’re driving around Waterville Valley. He’s obviously immature and fearless!
Photos below were taken by Bill Cantlin.