My family and friends think I am obsessed with moose. That’s an exaggeration, but it is true that I collect any and all things moose. For example, I have a favorite signing pen, which is made from moose antlers. I also have moose-shaped earrings, stuffed moose, moose paintings, moose bookmarks, moose appliques, moose ornaments, moose potholders, books about moose, and… Well, you get the idea. Maybe they’re right, and maybe it is a slight obsession.
I am not sure why it began, but when I first spotted a moose in the wilds of the Canadian Rockies some years ago, it was love at first sight. I’ve been looking for them ever since. Lucky for me, the moose population here in Colorado has been thriving in recent years.
So, imagine my delight when my publisher provided me with the title for a Nell Letterly mystery: Murder by Moose.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides a wealth of information, starting here:
A tiny town in northern Colorado, just west of Rocky Mountain National Park, is considered the moose capital of Colorado. There’s even a moose visitor center:
Here are five fun facts I’ve learned about moose:
- Moose used to live in Virginia.
- Sometimes a moose has to kneel on its front legs to drink, as they’re longer than their back legs.
- Bull moose aren’t the only ones with dewlaps (those beards that hang down). Even cows and calves have short ones.
- A frightened moose can run as fast as 35mph.
- Moose have excellent hearing–they can move one ear at a time and hear voices a mile away. It’s not likely we can sneak up on a moose!
As this posts, I will be up there looking for my buddies once again.
Do you have a favorite wild animal, too?