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Moose Wallow

11-1-13  moose wallow 010As the moose rutting season comes to a close, signs of their breeding behavior are fewer and not as fresh. The pictured moose wallow, or rutting pit, was most likely created by a bull moose as a means of spreading his pheromones to receptive cows (although cow moose have been known to make them). After scraping the ground, the bull then urinates in the depression and stamps in it to splash the urine on his antlers (“antler perfuming”) and/or lies down in it, soaking the under side of his body, including the dewlap, or bell, that dangles beneath his neck. Every soaked surface serves to advertise his presence to cows in the area. Often the sound that the bull makes splashing the urine attracts cows, who run toward the bull and, by head bobbing and attempting to drink the urine (the sipping sound is attractive to both cows and bulls), encourage him to urinate more. (Thanks to Alfred Balch for photo op.)

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4 responses

  1. Jean Harrison

    Yuck! …….Just kidding. I’m not a cow moose, so can’t imagine how attractive he smells.

    Technical request. Can the text be formatted so that it starts below the pictures? I often can’t read, though can always guess, the first word which sticks out to the right and out of sight at the bottom of the picture.

    November 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    • Oh, dear. I’m sorry this is happening, Jean, to both you and perhaps the same thing with Ned (see below). The situation is this — everything looks o.k. on the blog itself. I have no control whatsoever over what is emailed to you, I’m afraid. WordPress does all the “signing up” and sending of the post. I can try to make them aware of the situation, but I have no idea if they will respond and do anything. Very glad to know this is happening, so I can at least let them know — so sorry!

      November 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  2. Ned

    Hi, Mary – Thought you’d want to know that the start of your main message
    still misses the first letter. Hope all’s well with you – Ned
    PS Did you know that we’re getting George Schaller, the famous naturalist and his wife as residents here in our Quail Hollow?

    November 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    • Hi Ned, as I responded to the other message a subscriber sent, I’m not aware of the situation at your end (as all I see is the blog page) if you’re receiving an email. That’s all done by WordPress. I control only the format of the actual blog site itself. Are you having problems there? I’ll try to reach WordPress and let them know about this issue. Thanks so much for letting me know about it.

      November 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

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