Are moose solitary?

by Lee Phillips
(The Great White North)

Close up but not very clear

Close up but not very clear

Close up but not very clear
Obvious dragging motion

We've been trying to solve a mystery.


There have been no sightings but all sorts of "evidence" of a large hooved animal around the perimeter of our property.

Poop had been appearing almost daily for a week, then none for 2 weeks, then some a couple of days, then none for quite a while.

Yesterday, my husband went out to feed the birds and found a fresh pile 10 feet from our back door RIGHT ON the property.

On one occasion, there were tracks left in the snow appearing to be hooves, but dragging marks between them.

We live in rural Ontario right beside about a 10 acre swampy low land area. We think the animal comes out of the marsh, goes to the toilet and retreats back to the marsh.

But this time, coming right onto the property.....how could we miss a moose?

Would it come out in broad daylight and would it be alone?

We just moved in in July. The droppings started to appear in mid-late October.

There are horses and cattle near, but not in the immediate vicinity. The ones the closest are penned and accounted for.

If it is a moose, would it be coming so close to the house and when would be the best time of day to watch for him?

PS: We so do not hunt. We would love to photograph him.

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Mystery Moose
by: Mark - The Mooseman

Wow Lee, you pose quite a mystery there!

It would help a lot to see a picture of "The Pile". The tracks with the drag marks almost look like cattle to me, but I can't be certain.

There is a definite difference between cattle, horse and moose poop so a photo would solve "what kind" of critter is visiting you.

Now as to the question are moose solitary?
One short answer... Yes
Another short answer... No.

The season will determine if moose are solitary. Moose are typically not gregarious (IE: don't gather in herds like Elk) but they will group together at certain times of the year.

Cow moose will travel together with their calves for up to two years and sometimes separate groups of cows and calves will be found in the same area.
However, bull moose are loners for most of the year but will form bachelor herds after the fall rut.

Habitat is key. Moose will be where the habitat has all the qualities it needs to sustain a moose population. If your swamp has the required habitat, then moose could be there. Northern Ontario holds a large number of moose, could be right in your back yard! :-)

Moose will be most active from daybreak until mid morning and then again from mid afternoon until dark. That will be the best time for photo opportunities. One suggestion I have for you is to get a trail camera. Set it up near where your visitor arrives or leaves.

If it is a moose, he/she will most likely be back if he/she hasn't been disturbed. The beauty of trail cameras is they take pictures or videos even when you are not there.

Your visitor definitely could be a moose. The photos of tracks you sent are not really clear enough for me to say for sure.

Thanks for sharing.
Mark

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