As I was walking out my door this morning I was puzzling about why my daffodil plants were squished down. I was looking for moose prints and I found a big one: the entire body print of a moose! The whole area was depressed and moose hair was scattered about. In our 5 years of living in this house, we've never had a moose bed down literally right next to it. Usually they are about 15 feet away, under the spruce trees on the other side of the house by the creek.
Just last week our next door neighbor grabbed me one morning as we were both heading out, telling me there was a young, injured moose in her yard. I'd been seeing tracks on the driveway but hadn't seen it. I am guessing this visitor was that injured moose, as the spot it depressed in the flowerbed was relatively small--about the size a 2-year-old moose would be. It would make sense it would be staying very close to humans for safety from predators.
I am happy that the moose didn't eat my daffodils. Last year they weren't up till the beginning of June, but this year they were sprouting in early April. That is how early our spring is this year!