I drive to work every morning on a stretch of road affectionately known as "Moose Alley." The reason for this is because the road I drive on has more moose/vehicle accidents than any other road in Maine (or it seems to, anyway). All year, however, I haven't seen a single moose. I have seen a ton of crows and a single dead deer, but that's it. Every day someone asks me, "Didja see a moose?" After nine weeks, it is just annoying. "No," I sigh. "No moose yet."
Well yesterday I saw my first moose! I was passing a fallow potato field and saw a dark blur in the middle of it. At 6:30 in the morning, it is still quite dark and moose are a very deep brown. At first I thought it was a horse, but after a moment I realized it was a MOOSE! Thankfully it was about fifty feet away from the road and standing still, so I didn't have to worry about hitting it.
A few facts:
- Moose can weigh over 1,000 pounds (that's like NINE deer put together)
- Their antlers (racks) can measure six feet across
- Adult males can stand six feet tall at the shoulder
- My car is only up to my shoulder
- I drive a Ford Escort Wagon - a small car
- An impact with an adult moose has a 60-80% chance of killing me.
It makes me wonder - how often do close calls happen?