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mooseA lonely moose is all that remains of several sculptures of large animals that once stood overlooking Silver Sands beach.  He’s fairly well known in this neck of the woods and beyond.  I first heard of him when I was still living in British Columbia, on the other side of the continent.

Many people wonder why we have a bull moose instead of a cow in Cow Bay.  The ‘Cow’ in Cow Bay actually comes from the name of Robert Cowie, who once owned much of the land in the area.

I’ve never seen a moose in Nova Scotia, though I have seen one standing in a bog on the side of a road in Quebec.  They are amazingly large creatures.  Vehicle collisions with moose are often deadly for both the animal and driver.  Caution must be exercised while driving at dusk and dawn through wooded areas where they are known to roam.

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Moose hunting licenses in Nova Scotia are awarded through lotteries.  This past year, only 336 tags were awarded out of 10,000 tickets purchased.  Many non-hunters purchase tickets in order to tie up tags, which has lead to quite a kerffufle in the hunting community.

Swedes are the most enthusiastic hunters of moose in the world.  The moose population in Sweden reaches over 300,000 during the summer months.  Each fall, both men and women legally hunt and kill a third of that number of moose.  That is a lot of moose meat. 

Years ago, when one of my nephews visited from Ontario, I took him out towards Silver Sands beach early one foggy evening.  Since his side of the family are keen deer and moose hunters, I knew he’d be more than a little excited when I told him there was a moose that was sometimes spotted in the area.  His sharp eyes were the first to spot it in the mist…

Photo credits:  Jeremiah Bell

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