The Gentle Female Moose
The Story Begins
That particular mid-July afternoon on Algonquin Park's 'Old Railway Bike Trail' was yet another very pleasant one , the sun shining brightly without a cloud in the sky . A tiny bit of wind from the south that was barely noticeable (to me) ...
|Trail Begins at 2 Rivers||View Along The Way||Looking Out At Pog Lake|
Very few people on the trail . Today's destination is Rock Lake , with a leisurely stop at the Pog Lake Campground , the halfway point on this amazing 24 KM ride , in order to grab some cool fresh water , a brief relaxing sit in the shade of these beautiful tall pines .
Back out on the trail , ride across the Pog Lake Dam , climb the brief hill and head south east with the next stop being the WhiteFish Lake wooden bridge . I keep my eyes peeled for the big black bear that hangs out in this 1 KM stretch between Pog & Whitefish . He's big but no threat and has run from me several times once he finally does spot me with his relatively weak eyes . No sign of him today , but then , right at the wooden bridge is a very familiar and almost friendly 2 yr old female cow moose ! However , she is certainly not her usual relaxed self as I very carefully approach ...
|Looking Concerned||Why is She Uneasy ?||Something is ... There !|
It didn't occur to me that this predictable female moose was actually concerned about a possible threat to her from a wild animal . I assumed she heard some mountain bikers coming or maybe was unsure of the origin of some loud noises coming from the nearby Whitefish Lake Group campground . It never even dawned on me that maybe she was indicating a threat was lingering nearby that could potentially be of concern to both of us .
|Looking Very Afraid||She Decides to Leave||Looking Back Down the Trail|
The camera batteries died exactly as this big healthy female disappeared from view up the trail and around the corner . I sat and began to do a little camera maintenance , thankfull that the batteries had managed to last throughout that whole shooting . New batteries , review a few of these recent stills and movies , add a new 2 GB flash card , some lens cleaning , maybe a little time to sit and just relax ...
As I sat and carefully refueled my new digital camera , little did I realise , the threat that the now long-gone moose had been so frightened of had walked right past me on the bicycle trail behind me ! While I was considering battery life and what I might have for supper , this huge black bear that I had spotted so often in this area had very quietly lumbered past me , as I was about to very quickly discover !
|Big Black Bear !||Still Doesn't Sense Me||At the Steel Bridge|
As you can see from the above images I found out what the moose was sensing so accurately . After getting my camera in tip-top shape I jumped on my mountain bike and quickly headed out , maybe no more than 5 minutes after the moose did . I was hoping to catch up to her actually , but instead I quickly caught up to this very large Black bear only moments down the trail !
I gently laid my bike down , took off my shoes and very quetly tried to maintain a certain distance between me and him . I was very sure that this was the same bear I had seen several times in this part of the trail , and knew almost for certain that if he heard or smelled me he would be off like a shot . Still , I stayed well back and as you can tell by the lack of crispness in the above photos , was shaking maybe just a little .
Sure enough , he eventually got wind of me , stood up as high as he could - looked at me once or twice to be sure then bam! took to the woods like a shot out of a canon . I managed to get a video or 2 before his excited exit though . Hope these following videos give you a sense of what it can be like , coming face to face with these wonderfull wild animals of Algonquin Park .
|THIS VIDEO TELLS THE STORY||THIS VIDEO REVEALS WHAT SHE SENSED|