On Friday October 11, 2019 I encountered a bull moose off the beaten trail of some woods in Brattleboro. Earlier in the week on Monday, I had seen the same moose, or perhaps a different one, in the exact same location. Before I saw the moose, I had encountered a pile of his fresh poop, and marveled over how each piece was the size of an acorn!
The Monday encounter was at a distance, and so I didn’t notice antlers. Perhaps it was a female, or perhaps I just didn’t see very well. Also, the animal appeared lighter in color, and so I questioned what I had actually seen. But there aren’t many animals that large around here, so there weren’t other options of what else it could be.
The encounter on Friday was up close and unmistakable. I feel bad for the moose, as the wooded areas in Brattleboro are small and well used by many people. I prefer not to reveal the exact location, as it is a site that is sacred to me, which I have been visiting regularly for many years. Has anyone else noticed moose or moose scat around Brattleboro? Look out for them – they are among us!
In terms of other animals that live among us, last year I posted an article with videos on my website about a fox family.
That story has a sad ending, which I haven’t had time to write about. A friend witnessed the father fox being killed by a car.