Moose Love and Play

by Ken
(Kelowna)

The moose were very active in the meadow this past September. A big bull moves in to keep two small bulls away from a cow during the pre-rut.


Larger bull guards cow

Later on a small bull stands with his nose up in the air and although his mouth is wide open he doesn’t make a sound. (see Flehman below)

This bull has a lip curl

Nearby another bull plays and cuddles with a cow.

While the big bull is away

On another day a small bull jumps into the air as he and a cow play like children in a play ground.

Young bull plays with a cow moose




Editors notes:

Lip-Curl or Flehmen

The lip-curl or flehmen is performed by male moose in an attempt to gather sexual signs from nearby cow moose that may be nearing breeding readiness.When bulls assume this state they are most often with their head elevated (as show) and accompanied by rapid breathing, open mouth and profuse drooling.

Dewlap or Bell

Note the difference in size of the bell or dewlap of the various bulls. Mature bulls develop the larger dish shape bells while the immature bulls have the tail.
On mature bulls the dish shape bell is often observed without the tail. This is a result of the tail freezing during winter and falling off.
There doesn't appear to be any reason for the bell of moose other than possible a place for some scent to gather but no studies have shown this to be a main factor.
Mark

"The Moose Man"

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Moose Love and Play
by: Steve Kane(buckee)

Awesome pictures, and I too would have loved to have been there to witness all that wonderful action

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my greatest wish
by: omid

I wish I was there to see those actions .You were very lucky to film such events in the wild .Great job

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Little known moose facts and pictures
by: Wayne W.

After a lifetime of outdoor life I have learned something else from you regarding the reason for the short bells in mature bulls...always wondered about that ....very interesting. Beautiful insightful pictures depicting the majesty and intimacy of these animals, our Moose!

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Bull moose unknown facts
by: Wayne W.

Exceptional moose pictures Ken, after a lifetime hunting moose, I am still learning little known facts such as the reason for a shorter bell on older bulls. Thanks Ken, keep up the good work !!!

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emotional moose?
by: scott

Nice collection of photos showing certain moose behaviours that are normally unseen by your average Joe. What is even more outstanding than the behaviours that the photos capture, are the range of emotions shown, from affection to joy to possessivness.

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Moose Love and Play
by: Doug

Great pictures,Ken.Do you need a partner??
Doug

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Moose Love and Play
by: Doug

Hey Ken , Great Pictures. Do you need a partner??
Doug

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Fantastic shots
by: Anonymous

Wow great pictures, great spot, wish I knew where it was. The last picture of the moose jumping in the air is my favorite.

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Amazing Photos
by: Jo-Ann Klassen

Fantastic pictures Uncle Ken, I am in awe of your photography.

All my love
Jo-Ann

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Moose Love and Play
by: Don

Great photos Ken. You set a pretty high standard for the rest of us.

I am really looking forward to seeing your next pictures.

All the best.

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great
by: frank

great pictures ken must have taken a, lot of patience to do all that. very interesting to see

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