Mother moose protects offspring for how long?
(Montana City )
Late Season Cow and Calf Moose
Hiking along a Montana creek today, early April, I noticed a cow moose in the brush about 25 yards away. I immediately turned around and vacated the area as a matter of principle, but it got me thinking…
It’s too early for the cow to have a newborn calf, but I knew if she had a yearling it could still be around. If that were the case, would the cow still be aggressively protective of the yearling? I know that later on in the year a cow will start weaning or even chasing off their calves, but how long are they aggressively protective of them?