Mother moose protects offspring for how long?

by Marcus
(Montana City )

Late Season Cow and Calf Moose

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?

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Duration of the Moose Cow Calf Bond
by: Mark ~ The Mooseman

Marcus, it is believed the cow/calf bond remains intact until as a yearling the cow will drive the calf away in preparation for giving birth.
So yes, until the cow moose enters her umwelt (breeding area) she would protect her young from the previous year.
Yearlings usually prefer to share the dams home range but will not return if continuously be driven away.

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