Jan 09-09

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Browsing bull    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri
Look at those antlers    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri
Cow and calf    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 07:30 am:

Just in case you thought that E. Neil Harri was always up in the air enjoying himself, while snapping pictures, I thought it was time to show you that he also goes flying as part of his job, too. These photos today were taken while he was working on the moose count for the DNR. As part of a research program, this count is taken each year where the concentration of moose are located and that happens to be in Marquette and Baraga Counties. It's not an everyday sight to spot a moose, so these are a treat, especially since they're in their own habitat and not near the busy highways.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 07:35 am:

Were these pictures already on here? Or maybe that was last year and wasn't one lying down?

Mary says: Neil clarifies this a little further down the page, but I thought I'd add it here, too, that he took these photos last week. I guess if you've seen one moose from the air, you've seen them all? :->

Anyway, very cool.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 08:12 am:

What a great job...counting mooses.

By Ron Petersen (Rpetersen) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 08:22 am:

Deb - I think they have been on before - but great pictures - Luv that part of the country!!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 08:36 am:

I love the pictures of the moose, especially the bull moose! (I remember seeing cow moose before, but I don't remember seeing bulls, but I could be mistaken.) Anytime I can see pictures of moose, particularly bulls, I'm a happy camper! I've never seen one in person before, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Thank you, Neil Harris & Mary for brightening my day! You two are the best! :-)

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 10:57 am:

Makes me wonder how in the world an animal that big can find enough browse to sustain it through the winter. Amazing!

Surely would like to see that big bull in person.

By Mel, MN (Mehollop) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 11:26 am:

Having seen some of the places that moose like to browse, it amazes me that a critter with that much width to his head could get *into* those spots in the first place!

I'd love to see a moose too, but only the south end of a northbound one. Word has it they get a little territorial from time to time, and there's no way I'd pose much of a challenge to trample.

Found an antler shed out in the woods this past fall - that's close enough for me, for now...

By walter torola (Centtinal) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 12:18 pm:

If you read the book, wolves of menong written by rolf anderson, you will see why the moose has such a long face. The native americans said the moose has such a long face because he only gets to meet with "her" once a year.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 12:37 pm:

Mary, if that truly is Bullwinkle, does that make Neil "Rocky the Flying Squirrel"?? ;-)

I've had the pleasure of seeing a moose a few times in the UP, including once in the fall when a bull was wearing his full head-dress; VERY impressive!! but I've also been way too close to a moose in the woods and that is not something I would recommend. I can't see how some people hunt moose. I'm a hunter but I could never shoot a moose; that dopey look on their face is just too much...........

By Doug Smith (Smitty) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 01:26 pm:

Charlie will appreciate this. My cousin recently sent me this:

.Important Discovery

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion, that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a California archaeologist dug to a depth of 200 feet, and shortly after, a story in the LA Times read: " California archaeologists, finding traces of 200 year old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers."

One week later, The Escanaba Press, a local newspaper in Upper Michigan, reported the following: After digging as deep as 300 feet in his pasture near Ishpeming, Ole Olson, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Ole has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Upper Michigan had already gone wireless.

Yah! We Yoopers knew that!

By Lisa R. (Sisugirl) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 01:26 pm:

Walter Torola: "wolves of menong written by rolf anderson" Do you mean Rolf Peterson, the biologist at Tech who studies wolf & moose populations on Isle Royale? Or is this a different Rolf? (I worked one semester for Dr. Peterson long ago.)

I've never seen a moose in the woods before, but I've heard them. Sounds like a giant, braying donkey.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 02:23 pm:

I remember a similar picture too a year or 2 ago. Saw my first Moose this summer and he was HUGE, glad he was on the side of 41 and not in the path of my car. They are beautiful.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 02:27 pm:

I was thrilled to see my first close-up moose in Baraga County in October. We were a matter of feet from the huge, black moose! Got a great video, but the still shots on my digital camera are not so great.

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 04:07 pm:

Todays pictures were taken last week. I guess they all look alike. We take a few fresh photos every year to use in lectures and reports.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 04:35 pm:


By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 04:56 pm:

I have seen a cow moose w/ calves twice in WY and a cow moose in a swamp beside the road in New Brunswick but never a big bull w/ those wonderful antlers!

Glad you couldn't kill one, Capt. Paul. I agree -- that dopey look would make it just NOT fair! :)

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 05:39 pm:

Eugenia, it was Wyoming where I've seen moose, also...in several different areas. Up north of "Old Faithful" we saw a cow and her baby, the newborn could barely stand. So cute! I think they're big, beautiful creatures.

By Joanne Sherrick (Shedoesnails) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 08:16 pm:

Moose are beautiful I couldn't imagine coming up on one in the woods.Seems like I remember years ago going to a park in Onaway to see the Moose. you stayed in your car and drove past them.
Can't help but think of bullwinkle.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 09:44 pm:

My daughter, who lives in National Mine, has a picture of a moose
in the beaver pond next to her house. I've never seen a moose in
the UP yet (except for the picture in her living room), but I'll keep
on looking.

I've seen moose in Ontario, Maine and New Hampshire. The moose
in Ontario were relatives of the UP moose.

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 10:57 pm:

When I do finally make it back up to the UP, you can bet I'll be looking for moose, esp. a bull. They are tied w/ tigers for my favorite animal!

By Just me (Jaby) on Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 12:10 am:

Oh- I always hope to see a real moose in the wild. Maybe someday....great pictures!

By Donna (Donna) on Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 06:44 am:

Hey Alex...

Is it "mooses" or "meese"? LOL

By Cindy, New Baltimore, MI (Cindy) on Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 06:58 am:

Marsha, I'm so glad that you had the chance to see your first close-up moose. Where in Baraga County did you see it? I was just wondering if it was near the area I saw my first a couple of years ago.

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