Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Life as a Moose Calf

Moose are born mostly legs but grow rapidly. Their only job is to follow mom around. However, the life of a moose calf is a harrowing ordeal. Only 20% make it through their first year. If they can make it over that hump, they will likely make it many more. Their most formidable opponent is the winter tick. Capturing pictures of these guys every week, I was able to watch them grow up. Only weeks old in the first set of pictures, they will face many challenges, but they continue to look strong and have good habitat.

I'm always a season behind with camera trapping because I am only able to check most of my cameras every 3 to 6 months. This pictures sequence starts in early June and runs until September.


  1. Hope it makes it through the winter. As you may know, Vermont's moose population is down by probably 50% in large measure due to winter ticks.

    1. These particular moose calves were actually photographed in Vermont. Life is very tough for them with the winter tick. There's lots of interesting moose research going on, so I think there will be some interesting clues on the way.

  2. Great post! I am amazed to see the long legs of these moose family. yeah, the early life of these animals is really hard. I like the way you capture the photos. Good work!

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