Two bull moose square off in a battle for supremacy. Credit: Courtesy of Al from Aroostook County

It’s a mean old world out there in the Maine woods. Especially if you’re a bull moose trying to earn the privilege of mating with one of the local lady moose.

In order to do that, you’ve got to prove that you’re the biggest, baddest bull in your territory. And as we’ve learned since we began asking Bangor Daily News readers to share their trail camera photos and videos, there are plenty of critters out there willing to fight for their right to … well, you know.

Deer do it. Moose do it. And today, Al from Aroostook County shares a photo that shows two bulls getting into a good old backwoods brawl.

Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s more than fighting going on out there in the Maine woods. There’s also the aftermath of those battles over lady moose and dee. More than one risque reader actually sent in a photo that shows animals, shall we say, doing things that are not suitable to be featured in a family newspaper.

The photos did make me chuckle a bit, I’ll admit. Of course, I’ve always struggled to repress my adolescent sense of humor, and my 14-year-old self may have gotten the best of me in that case.

Do you have a trail camera photo or video to share? Send it to and tell us “I consent to the BDN using my photo.” In order to prevent neighbors from stopping by to try to tag particularly large bucks, moose or bears, some identities and towns of origin may be omitted.

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John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...