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Old 10-19-2020, 03:47 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I've been seeing strange imprinted areas with semi-circular swathes cut into my frozen grass over the past few days.

Aliens?

No...

Lazy moose. They lie down to ruminate, their body weight/heat crushes and thaws out the grass. Sometimes so close to the house I can hear the gurgles and rumbling. Then when hunger pangs hit again, they'll either continue to lie there "cropping" all the grass in an arc that's within reach of their neck/nose or get partway up and shuffle along on their knees doing the same. Then sulkily heave themselves to their feet, move to another tasty spot, lie down again, rinse and repeat.
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:40 PM
 
Location: British Columbia
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Ha! The grass got cropped. Those moose up there really like your yard, don't they? You've posted pictures of them in your yard before. That's funny seeing the moose on its knees like that, as though it's trying to get a really close up view at ground level of what it's eating. I guess it's too cold in the season now for them to be looking for wee little brown mushrooms, eh?

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Old 10-19-2020, 06:50 PM
 
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Ha! The grass got cropped. Those moose up there really like your yard, don't they? You've posted pictures of them in your yard before. That's funny seeing the moose on its knees like that, as though it's trying to get a really close up view at ground level of what it's eating. I guess it's too cold in the season now for them to be looking for wee little brown mushrooms, eh?

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Oh, right, I'd forgotten the pics from last fall! We've had a hard frost for the last week. Any fungi would be pretty shriveled by now. This particular lawn is new enough there's little other than grass growing in it (very boring), but I've watched and checked out what they were actually grazing on...its grass. If they aren't bedding down right next to the house out of the wind, there's enough slope that they can comfortably kneel and eat as long as they face uphill.
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Old 10-20-2020, 06:13 AM
 
Location: North America
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I don't think moose did this. Just a hunch.

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Old 10-20-2020, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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^ Ha, I agree, 2x3x29x41!
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Old 10-21-2020, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I don't think moose did this. Just a hunch.
I don't think people did it, either.

I won't even get into the fact that moose went extinct in Britain a few 1,000 years ago, so those crop-circles in Britain couldn't have been made by a moose, or meese (what the hell is the plural of moose?)
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Old 10-21-2020, 03:09 PM
 
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so those crop-circles in Britain couldn't have been made by a moose, or meese (what the hell is the plural of moose?)
Officially the plural is also moose (as in "I saw a moose today, I saw two moose today"), but personally I've always preferred meese! They are rather endearingly ridiculous IMHO (except when one is determined to stomp your dog) and more than one is even more ridiculous. They deserve a ridiculous plural.
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