This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...where the weather causes early decay.x The new antlers begin to grow late in April. At first the growth is very slow, but ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...where the weather causes early decay.x The new antlers begin to grow late in April. At first the growth is very slow, but as summer advances it becomes exceedingly rapid. The growth is completed in about three months. During this time the drain on the vitality of the bull is great. The "velvet," the soft skin which carries the blood-vessels needed in the rapid growth of the antlers, finally dries and peels off, leaving the horns white and bare. The peeling of the velvet is assisted by the wearer of the newly-grown antlers. Woodsmen in the moose country are familiar with the frequent sight of saplings worn bare of bark by bulls anxious to rid their new fighting weapons of the ragged disfiguring skin.3 1 Hon. George Shiras, 3d, in the National Geographic Magazine for May, 1912, pp. 450-454, 460-463, describes a rich harvest of moose antlers which he found on the ground in the Kenai Peninsula. Early in September, when the rutting season is about to begin, the last of the velvet has generally been rubbed off, and the moose's antlers, as yet undamaged by contests with rivals, are turning a deeper brown. His coat is now unusually dark and glossy, and he stalks through the woods in the pride of his greatest strength as if clad in a wedding garment. Contests between bull moose take place only in the brief season of the rut. A valuable service for zoology will be performed by one who, having access to a captive adult bull moose, will make a series of photographs at weekly intervals, showing the animal's horns during the spring and summer months while the horns are growing. An even greater, though more difficult, service would be performed if a series were made showing the same animal in the fall annually from calfhood to old age. 5 The maturity of...Read Less
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