- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GWINN, Mich. (AP) - Two male moose have become regulars at an Upper Peninsula cabin where they’re treated to healthy snacks, including alfalfa, apples and carrots.

The moose visit the log cabin in Marquette County’s Gwinn community around the same time each day, The Grand Rapids Press reported (https://bit.ly/1zvxBTH ). They’ve been nicknamed Sunshine and Jumper by their human friends, who first encountered the pair about six weeks ago, around Halloween.

The animals had been eating deer bait on the property following a heavy snow, indicting they were hungry, according to a woman who has been feeding the moose. She asked the newspaper not to use her full name because she doesn’t want anyone else to disturb the animals.

The woman and the couple who own the property began coaxing the moose to come closer to the cabin by gradually placing the bait, and then eventually vegetables, until they were comfortable enough coming up to the window.

Although the Upper Peninsula residents had never spotted a wild moose in person, they now hand-feed the moose from inside the cabin. The moose have gotten used to looking into the open window to ask for root vegetables. They’ve even become familiar with the sound of a car pulling up to the property.

Moose are a native species in Michigan, but their numbers had dwindled significantly by the late 1800s, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. After being reintroduced into the Upper Peninsula in the 1980s, their populations had grown to around 430 in the western region, the agency estimated in 2011. DNR officials believe there are fewer than 100 moose in the eastern Upper Peninsula.

The agency encourages residents not to feed wildlife because it can create problems for both animals and people.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids


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