WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A reader emailed me today asking where he could bring a friend from out-of-state to see a moose.
Most of us who live in this region take moose for granted. We see them regularly, if not predictably. Seeing a moose for the first time would be a big deal for this reader and his friend. But where to send them?
I had a moose in my yard near Hangman Creek a few weeks ago, but I haven't seen hide nor hair of the bull since.
Mike Miller of Spokane snapped a photo of this bull moose on Wednesday while dayhiking along the Little Spokane River.
Just last year, moose were chasing dogs accompanying hikers in the Dishman Hills.
I put out a few queries to Fish and Game officers. So far, they haven't come up with an area where you could regularly be likely to drive up and see a moose, although moose are being poached not far from I-90 near Cataldo.
One moose was killed in a collision with a motorist off Highway 2 just north of Spokane this week and another was killed by a vehicle two weeks ago off Highway 195 just south of town.
Moose are all around Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, and up the logging roads throughout the region. I saw one near Liberty Lake last week. Elk hunters have told me they've been seeing more moose than elk up the logging roads from Idaho's St. Joe River area to 49 Degrees north in Washington.
But it's tricky to tell somebody where he could go out and see one tomorrow.