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    Default Antlered Cow Moose

    I have a friend who hunts on the Nushagak River and he told me that a few seasons back he and his family were moose hunting on the river, they spotted a very large moose on the bank. When they got closer, to their suprise it had a set of small antlers that were way too small for it's size. Additionally this large moose had a calf with it. Anyone ever see such an oddity in the animal world ?

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    I have shot wild turkey hens in the Carolinas that have had beards.
    PEOPLE SAY I HAVE A.D.D I DON'T UNDERSTA.....OH LOOK A MOOSE !!!

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    Same thing in Illinois for deer. There have been does shot that had racks on their heads. It was confirmed by IL biologist that they were indeed female deer. Kind of wierd, but it happens.

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    Default Cow elk with antlers

    My parents sent me some pictures a year or more ago of a nice 6x6 cow elk in Idaho. In that case, the nice antlers would have made a hunter feel confident he was shooting a bull, but a clear picture from the rear proved otherwise.

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    Default antlered does

    I am from Nova Scotia and they started section in the big game contest for these antlered does. There was a couple of them shot every year. At first they were winning the doe contest because they were a lot larger than the normal does

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    Default Cow w/a Rack

    A couple of years ago we had a cow with antlers hanging around town. F&G even got pictures of said animal and published a warning in our local paper (The Nome Nugget) to the hunters to not shoot this particular rack because it was a cow accompanied by a calf.

    IMO, F&G should "cull" these types of animals to reduce any further occurences.

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    Default Seen it in Humans too!!!

    I've seen a few female humans with beards. From the front they looked to be male but from the rear they looked horrible!

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    Default Photos

    Photos of the Nome cow with antlers are displayed at fish and game in Anchorage. I am just glad that screwed up hormones don't affect humans in the same way.

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    Thumbs down yep, but unfortunately...

    humans are the only creatures that deliberately have those bizarre alterations made via surgery and shots....

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    Antlered females are why the tags in Wisconsin are "Antlered" or "Antlerless" tags.
    Finally, Brad Childress is GONE!

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    Default Shot one

    I shot a spike doe a few years ago in Western NY. My wife was the one who actually noticed that it was a doe, when she was gutting the deer for me. Before you give me crap about my wife gutting my deer-- she asked to gut the deer, to learn how to do it. She was wondering why a buck had no nuts or penis. I thought she was messing with me, but sure enough, only a vagina.

    My Grandfather shot a huge 8 pt. doe back in the late 70's.

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    Default No bull! That moose with a rack is a cow (ADN article 12/5/04)

    Found this ADN article by Mr. Craig Medred on another forum, some of you may remember reading it back in December 2004.

    No bull! That moose with a rack is a cow
    DON'T SHOOT: Nursing calf tips Nome locals to mother's true gender.


    By CRAIG MEDRED
    Anchorage Daily News

    (Published: December 5, 2004)
    A cow moose with antlers -- an extremely rare animal in North America -- appears to have survived hunting season on the Seward Peninsula, according to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

    When the animal was first spotted in the fall, biologists worried it might get shot during a two-week, bulls-only hunting season in the Nome area. They immediately began alerting hunters to be on the lookout for a "bull" accompanied by a calf.

    "Don't shoot!'' warned a Fish and Game handout with a picture of the animal. "It may look like a legal, young bull -- but it's not. That's a cow moose sporting a deformed set of antlers -- and she has a young calf with her.''

    "It was the talk of the town,'' said Sue Steinacher of Fish and Game in Nome.

    The calf, said wildlife biologist Peter Bente, is what first gave the cow away. Nome residents Vickie and Noel Tanner had been watching what they thought was an old-looking bull with smallish antlers in the Dry Creek area when the calf tried to nurse.

    According to Steinacher, the Tanners then looked closer and saw that the "bull'' in question had udders.

    Biologists subsequently notified hunters to avoid shooting the rare, antlered cow to protect the calf. Moose calves that lose their mothers have little chance of making it through the winter. The young moose depend on their significantly larger mothers to break trail through snow, enabling them to move about to find willow browse.

    Because the antlered cow survived the hunting season, biologists have no carcass that would allow them to study what physiological malfunction may have caused this cow to grow antlers. Bente and biologist Kate Persons have theorized that some sort of hormonal imbalance might have caused the cow to produce enough testosterone to spark antler growth, but they admit that's largely speculation.

    Antlered cows have been little studied over the years, said moose authority Victor Van Ballenberghe, because there are so few of them.

    "I've never seen one,'' said the elderly biologist who has spent much of his life studying moose in Denali National Park and Preserve. "I think it's more common in whitetail (deer). It's got to be extraordinarily rare in moose.''

    Tom Lohuis, director of Fish and Game's Kenai Moose Research Center, said he's heard reports of a couple other antlered moose being seen in North America, but agreed the phenomenon is rare.

    "Ecology and Management of the North American Moose,'' the definitive publication on moose biology, says "Velericorn, or Antlered Cow Moose,'' arise when females produce testosterone after hormone production is altered by tumors or failing ovaries.

    "Some antlered cows with external female characteristics may be hermaphrodites as have been found in red deer,'' the book adds.

    Van Ballenberghe said he doubts the Nome moose is "a hermaphrodite if it has a calf.'' Mammalian hermaphrodites -- animals with the organs of both sexes -- usually can't reproduce.

    If it's an antlered cow with a calf, the biologists generally agreed, the moose is most likely a normal female with hormonal issues.

    Moose like this have been noted before.

    "Fertile, lactating, velericorn cows have been reported,'' says "Ecology and Management of the North American Moose.''

    Bente said last week that no one has reported seeing the antlered cow in the Nome area recently. He had no idea whether that means she'd wandered farther away from the city or simply shed her 2-foot-wide antlers, making her appear as just another cow.

    If she sheds her antlers.

    Bulls normally began dropping their antlers after the October rut. They go antlerless through the winter and begin growing new headgear in the spring.

    Nothing is known of the cycles of antlered moose cows.

    Female caribou -- the only members of the deer family that regularly grow antlers -- don't shed theirs until after calving in late May or early June.

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