Idaho Sheriff’s Office Eyes Moose on the Loose
This is a great shot of a pair of moose wandering in the newly fallen snow in the South Hills. It’s from a series of pictures taken by a Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Deputy. If you’re going up into the hills and mountains, don’t be like a Yellowstone tourist. Maintain a safe distance. Terry Thompson, regional spokesman for Idaho Fish and Game has a rule. If you cause the animal to move, you’re too close. He’s a wildlife photographer and would recommend binoculars and perhaps a zoom lens if you want to get a better look at moose or any other animals.
But here’s another question I may have for Fish and Game the next time Terry is a guest on Magic Valley this morning. What if the moose gets close to you? A friend shared a Facebook post from a ski resort near Spokane. It shows a pair of moose bounding near a run.
Skiing is a positive recreational activity, but not if you come across moose, elk, or bears. If you’re accomplished on skis, I suppose you can outrun the animals. However, a fully grown grizzly can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour on level ground. I suspect the speed can increase if the bear is racing downhill. You may also have a hard time looking for your spray when in your full gear.
If you have any answers, please share them with me at email@example.com. Additionally, if you have a question or comment for Terry Thompson, he’s a regular radio guest. He appears on the first and third Thursday of every month between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m.
LOOK: These Are Some Simple Tips That Make Fire Starting In Your Fireplace Easy, But Be Careful
Gallery Credit: Rudy Fernandez