It’s Good to See the Moose in Hillsboro, NH, Obey the Speed Limit
Have you ever seen a moose in person? The first time it happens it pretty much takes the air right out of your lungs. They are such massive and majestic creatures your instincts tell you to be very quiet and just take in their beauty.
I've told this story on the air a few times so if you've heard it before, I apologize for the rerun. I grew up in the suburban-ish city of Leominster, Massachusetts. We would spot the occasional deer or hear coyotes at night but that kind of stuff didn't happen in my neighborhood very often.
So you can imagine my shock when I woke up for high school one morning and saw a massive moose just chilling in our backyard. This enormous animal was bobbing it's head in and out of my father's coy pond.
It was Winter so the pond was frozen but big mama moose head-butted the ice and broke it. She was trying to catch breakfast in the small hole she created.
"MOMMMMM!!!!" I shrieked. I ran downstairs to tell my mom what I saw. By the time we ran to the window, the animal was long gone. In my half asleep state, I couldn't find the word "moose" to describe what I saw. I just kept reiterating how HUGE the animal was. In my defense, all of the moose I had seen in photos and on TV had massive antlers and this one did not. I later found out that was because it was a female. My mom chalked this one up to me being a drama queen. She concluded it was probably a large deer and told me to hurry up and get dressed for school.
When I got home that day my mom told me that she too had a run-in with the moose when she was driving to work. The poor thing was trotting down a pretty busy street and almost slipped and fell on an icy patch. Cars just crept on by as slow as possible. They were probably terrified that the animal would lose her footing and come toppling through their windshield.
We never found out what happened to that moose who clearly lost her way and ended up in Leominster, MA. I like to think she found the woods and it led her to more moose-friendly town like Winchendon or Ashburnham.
This moment came rushing back to me when I saw this video posted by Denise Gaberseck on the u local New Hampshire Facebook page:
This moose was clearly being very conscious of the speed limit! GOOD GIRL! If you've spotted a moose in the wild I'd love to hear the story. Tell me all about it in the comments :)