Tuesday, April 25, 2006


On Friday, four moose were sighted on Silver Creek Preserve, the first moose sightings of the season. Over the past several years, moose have been regularly spotted on the preserve, a real treat for many of our visitors. Walk quietly along the nature trails and you may be rewarded with a sighting of moose, and many other wildlife.

Moose are also regularly spotted on our Ball Creek Ranch Preserve and Flat Ranch Preserve. Please give the moose plenty of space, though, as they can be dangerous if approached too closely.


Jinbon H Wrong aka Sloop John B said...

Is it true that a moose can graze underwater for ten minutes at a time?

TNC-Idaho said...

I will check to see how long moose can stay underwater. There seems to be some professional disagreement on this subject. It used to be believed that moose could submerge themselves along the lake bottom but this appears to be false. Moose do often graze in water up their back, and when they put their heads down, they are submerged.

Their nostrils have a mechanism to completely shut when they go underwater.

It looks like the moose "disappears" under water when feeding like this. I have seen this happen at small lakes and it is quite a sight.

Thanks for your question.

Matt Miller
Blog Editor