Moose Antler Rub!

In a post last year, I mentioned how I was hiking in an area looking for moose in the middle of the day. They should be bedded down in the shade by then because they don’t handle the heat very well.  You might remember that I came across an area where the moose had been rubbing the velvet off their antlers and how astonished I was with what I saw.

Moose bedded down in the shade
Moose bedded down in the shade

This year, I was lucky enough to see a couple bedded down. However, I thought you might like to see what I saw and believe to be  “Moose Rubs”.  Below, you will see three different rubs

Rub #1
I don’t think a deer did this!
Maybe it was an elk?
Maybe it was an elk that did this?
Now this is way too big for an elk!
Now, this is way too big for an elk!

I also collected some fur that was still stuck to some of the nearby branches. I’m reasonably sure this was done by moose rubbing the velvet off their antlers before the rut. I have seen one rubbing the velvet off on a bunch of bushes but not on trees like this. It was very violent as it got all tangled in the bushes and seemed very agitated.

I think it’s all very cool but don’t want one to rub on me!

Thanks for coming by!

Bill