Sunday, March 24, 2013

moose and wolves

sorry about the screen. I took it through the  kitchen window
This young mama and her calf approach the hay very cautiously. Keeping an eye on the older cow and her calf, as they quietly walk away.

We have been watching the moose all winter long in our yard. Moose TV.

Frank started moving the second cut alfalfa. We don't mind them nibbling on the hay. It is just the damage that they cause. Frank left a couple of the bales that they were chewing on. But that didn't deter them from jumping the fence to the new location. Frank moved most of the rest of the hay. He stacked it around and on top of the alfalfa. We would like to save the second-cut for when the cows and ewes start calving/lambing. And this year our second cut is like gold. Rare and precious. We were lucky only to get fifteen bales. 

Most of the winter we had only one cow/calf pair. But soon the younger pair showed up, and the single moose that was here yesterday.

The politicians and some livestock owners have insisted that this area needs to do something about the population explosion and the financial destruction caused by the wolves. For the past two to three years there has been a bounty on these gorgeous animals. 

We have had wolves on our property. Amongst our cattle. We knew, if we ever had a wolf kill we would be forced into action to do something about the problem. Fortunately for us, so far, we haven't been put in that situation. 

We have had discussions with hunters, that they say they are doing us a favour by killing the wolf. 

What the bounty has done, is increased the food chain that the wolf would normally take care of -deer/moose. Wolf behaviour is to take out the old, the weak, and the young.

I have lived in Central/Northern Alberta for nearly forty years. This is the first time I have seen so many moose. The first time I have seen moose eating  farmers's hay. 

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