Our Algonquin moose

I was fortunate to spend a few days in Ontario’s magnificent Algonquin Park recently and we had some wonderful wildlife sightings. The highlight was a close encounter with a female moose as we canoed up the Amable du Fond river from North Tea Lake back to the put-in. We knew we were in for a treat when, rounding a bend, our companions in the canoe ahead waved at us and mouthed the word “moose!” Sure enough, as we rounded the corner, a beautiful full-size female loomed into view just a few feet away. She was contentedly munching on lily roots. She glanced at us only briefly (not long enough to get a good picture), then continued her meal. The kids laughed when she started peeing in the water. Moose eat up to 66 lb of plants a day, including water lilies, pondweed, ferns, horsetail, asters, jewelweed, grass, sedges and deciduous leaves (in summer). There are about 110,000 moose in Ontario in midwinter. Our specimen looked very healthy, and we passed another one on the drive out of the park.

—Doug

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Doug in his favourite conveyance, here on North Tea Lake

Our friendly female moose on the Amable du Fond river in Algonquin

Our friendly female moose on the Amable du Fond river in Algonquin

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