Only in Alaska .......
This guy raised an abandoned moose calf with his
Horses, and believe it or not, he has trained it for lumber removal and
Other hauling tasks. Given the 2,000 pounds of robust muscle, and the
Splayed, gripper hooves, he claims it is the best work animal he has. He
Says the secret to keeping the moose around is a sweet salt lick,
Although, during the rut he disappears for a couple of weeks, but always
comes home..... Impressive!!
Now, there is bound to be some moron out there that will raise some issues with the treatment of wild animals. However, I say to them; "If the Moose keep coming back, what's the problem?"
Emerson White wrote:
Moose are typically very friendly when they are first weened (although a year old bull got separated from his mother a bit early and was very angry with me about it about three weeks ago, stamping his front hooves into the ground and following me for about 300 feet. It is fairly common for people to get yearlings following them, especially here in the city, and they are cooperative at first, but get more stubborn and willful as time goes on.
Emerson White wrote:
Moose-children, if you encounter a people=child with hooves this should be a warning sign that something is seriously wrong with the way you live your life/kind of people you have let surround your self.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:
The first time I saw that picture, the story said it was in Maine, but yes, it does look photoshopped to me!
As Leah said, moose are generally solitary animals (you seldom see more than one unless it's a cow with calves), and are not as amenable to domestication as herd animals are. Actually, when you think of it, it seems like all of our domestic animals wild relatives run in packs, flocks, or herds -- even domestic cats are social animals. I have heard of one or two being made pets of and even ridden, so I don't think it's necessarily that they have a bad temperament, just that they don't have the social behaviors that would enable them to fit into a human 'economy.'
Leah Sattler wrote:
I read an article once about how quickly ?fox? could be "domesticated" and develop the traits of a domestic dog. I think the researchers were suggesting that our modern dogs were more closely related to them then other wild canids.
Jonathan Byron wrote:
They also talked about the genetics of modern dogs, which are now known to be a relatively recent branch off from wolves ... the DNA leaves no question on that. They also showed a research center where wolf cubs were raised like dogs in the researcher's home ... it went well for about 8 weeks, but then became clear that wolves do not have the genes/brains to socialize with humans the way that domesticated dogs can. Wolves have no ability to read human emotions or commands, they are not willing to subordinate themselves to us... at some point, the typical wolf develops to become independent, while dogs are programmed to be more dependent.
An Alaska mail carrier at the turn of the 20th century, Carr spent his days crisscrossing the territory by dog sled, delivering mail between the Last Frontier and the contiguous United States.
Only later, after moving to Washington state, did Carr procure and train two moose. He named them in honor of President William Taft and Taft's daughter, Helen. The unusual pets brought Carr’s name to the headlines once again.
In November 1909, his image appeared in the Seattle Daily Times next to two moose calves. The article was dug up by Elizabeth Cook of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society.
“Moose Will go on Vaudeville Stage,” the article’s headline proclaims. “Jack Carr, Pioneer of Alaska, Educating Animals He Caught in Far North for Theatrical Career.”
According to the article, Carr captured the twin calves near Circle City in the Interior when they were 6 days old. He fed them condensed milk and oatmeal until they were more fully grown.
He named the two moose Bill and Helen, after President William Taft and his daughter.
Bill and Helen were brought to Seattle via steamship and train, where they lived in an enclosure on Carr’s property, the article says.
Undated images of the two moose fully grown show that he succeeded in training them to pull him in a sulky, a light, two-wheeled carriage.
Meanwhile, in Alaska’s territorial days, there were no laws against keeping moose, and another famous Alaskan, J. Bernard Moore of Skagway, also had his own family pet.
The Moore family settled in Skagway Bay in 1887. Ten years later -- after J. Bernard Moore successfully predicted that a gold rush would flood the valley with stampeders -- their homestead was overrun with men heading north.
The city of Skagway was born, and for a short time, one of the most famous residents was a young bull moose.
The tale of J. Bernard "Ben" Moore’s moose is related in detail in “Skagway: City of the New Century” by Jeff Brady.
Moore inherited the moose in Seattle in 1899 from a miner who had brought the creature down from Canada. Its name: Carnation.
Carnation arrived in Skagway incognito. Eventually, Moore taught the moose to be put in harness, and he decided to hitch Carnation to a wagon and parade through town.
A local newspaper described the scene:
“All idle eyes in the business center of the city yesterday afternoon were amused by the sight of a fine specimen of the monarch of the woods, a moose, parading in the streets in harness and subservient to man,” the Skaguay News wrote on Dec. 30, 1899.
I'd rather stumble upon a cougar or black bear. They usually flee.
All of the older photos show a more lanky animal than the stout animal in the first photo. That's the typical look. They do put on weight in the fall.
I expect that if they had the temperment suitable for domestication someone at some point would have managed it. aren't moose a bit more solitary in comparison to equines, cattle and reindeer? they probably don't have the innate herd and social behavior to make them good candidates. but who knows?
In many ways.
it fills some part of me with humor thinking if the Mounty on a moose! Hehehe