Tuesday, February 18, 2020

They Seem Like A Fairy Tale--I'm Sure They Really Are

Last week I drove to Tahquamenon Falls excited to see ice at the falls and saw a posted sign, Watch out for Moose.

Yeah. Right.

Snow covered portions of the sign. 

The yellow warning vehemently cautioned drivers of a supposed truth:  be on guard for the next two miles. This notice, like many fairy tells, refused to back down from a strong conviction. Surely, at some point, a moose had crossed this portion of the road.

In all the years of camping, living, and vacationing in Michigan's Upper Penninsula, I have never, ever seen a moose.

The truth is: bears barge into homes and raid kitchens. 

Bobcat and cougar roam freely, crossing the ice from Canada to UP island houses. 

Beaver drag trees and dam up water that later collapses and floods homes, 

But there has never ever ever been a moose. They simply don’t exist.

It’s not that I haven’t looked. I tried to validate the claim. Give the idea a chance. 

In my search for these fictitious creatures who are loved like unicorns, I’ve combed the sides of Denali, searched Alaskan cities and woods, and have driven to Canada. 

No matter what story you’ve read, what testimony you have heard, what stuffed head mounted in a ski lodge, I am here to tell you, there is no such animal as a moose. 

It simply is a fairy tale 

                                  ...and I’m sticking to it.

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Winnie said...

Fun post, Mary! I think they just put the sign in the wrong state. I've seen a few here in Utah, but the best place for moose-finding is at Big Springs in Island Park, Idaho. I've seen some there several times. There's a mama moose that lives in that area, and she usually has a young one with her. I saw them just last summer. Yep, they need to move that sign! Or maybe change it to "Watch for Wildlife."

Mary Vee Writer said...

All who have seen a moose, please send me a photo! Sigh...it seems to be the only way I'll see one. Although, Winnie, I am going to put Big Springs in Island Park, Idaho on my bucket list. :) The hunt continues!

Winnie said...

Definitely take a trip there. It's not far from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks! You might see a moose there, too, and definitely some bison. I do have a picture of the mama moose and baby. It's not very good, and I'm very tech-challenged. We had an up-close sighting of a moose when we were hiking near our cabin in southern Idaho 4 or 5 years ago. It was just off the path by a stream. We went around a corner and there it was! Luckily, it didn't want to stick around. They can be pretty mean!

Mary Vee Writer said...

I've heard moose are mean too. I'm glad you were safe when you nearly bumped into one.

For all the years I've lived in Montana, I saw bison, elk, antelope, and even in Alaska saw reindeer and caribou. Waiting to add the moose to my list. Someday. :)