Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Beware the “Moose-tosterone“

Today is the first day of autumn, so it’s a good time to warn residents of Alaska, Canada, the northeastern United States and even the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, that it’s also moose-mating season.

Moose are big buggers, especially the males – tall as a man at their shoulders, with antler racks that spread 4 to 5 feet across. They weigh up to three-quarters of a ton, and when they have procreation on their mind, nothing is going to stop Mr. Moose from getting to Ms Moose – not cars, not signs, not fences … nothing.

I haven’t personally seen a moose in the wild, although some friends did when we were at a January conference in Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort in Utah. It was standing in a driveway, blocking their progress and just staring at them. So they slowly backed away and came into the meeting shivering – not from the cold, I might add.

If you should be walking in the woods and one is on the prowl, you may hear their deep mating call and smell their … er, “horniness.” If you do, beg their pardon politely and get the hell outta there, ‘cause if you’re all bundled up in fur, he might think you’re a female of the species and … well, y’know.

I am soooo glad I live in Hawaii this time of year.

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