Until this year I had never seen a moose in the wild so to speak. In fact the buggers seemed to take a delight in avoiding me. I'd drive on roads where everyone would warn me to 'you'll definately need to be careful of the moose' and not see hide nor hair of one. Then, one evening on the deck of a friends new place on a housing estate (thats subdivision to Canadians) up near the airport in St. John's, I glanced up and THERE WAS THE BIGGEST BLOODY MOOSE you've ever seen staring placidly back at me. By the time I could open my mouth to say 'Mo.........' he'd ambled back off into the woods. Later in the summer we actually came across one by the side of the Trans Canada Highway. Picture attached. (You'll see why hitting one at speed in a car is usually fatal.)
Anyway, Moose sightings in urban St. John's are fairly frequent. Local radio will frequently broadcast moose warnings as in 'A moose was spotted by the Foxtrap access road 10 minutes ago.' However I understand that it's not the done thing to shoot one by the road, one must hike several kms through the wood first. And then carry the bloody thing out in chunks. Thats why the other half went moose hunting and I stayed home!