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Moose

Alces alces

Description:

The moose (North America) or Eurasian elk (Europe) (Alces alces) is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic ("twig-like") configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. Moose used to have a much wider range but hunting and other human activities greatly reduced it over the years. Moose have been re-introduced to some of their former habitats. Their diet consists of both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. The most common moose predators are wolves, bears, and humans. Unlike most other deer species, moose are solitary animals and do not form herds. Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive and move surprisingly fast if angered or startled. Their mating season in the autumn can lead to spectacular fights between males competing for the right to mate with a particular female.

Habitat:

Marshy, wooded lake area

Notes:

Got up early and headed for Brainard Lake...2 bull moose were munching away on the willows...enjoying the beautiful morning! These are all pics of the same moose...the other was laying down and was very hard to see. What a sight!

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14 Comments

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 7 years ago

Thanks so much, Francis!! You dug up an old one!! ;-)

FrancisQuintana
FrancisQuintana 7 years ago

Excellent series!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thanks Harsha!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

Awesome!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Added a picture that I thought was in it!! ;-)

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thank you Emilie! It was unbelievable! My first encounter with a moose!!!

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 8 years ago

What a magnificent animal! Beautifuls shots, too.

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thank you Willie!

williefromwi
williefromwi 8 years ago

wonderful series, wonderful spotting.

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thanks, all...Maria, I didn't post that because Emily's head shot was so much better and she used it as the main shot!!! (we were standing next to each other!!
Cindy, these guys were up at Brainard Lake which is about 45 minutes west of Boulder...it was the closest I could think of at the time...but I just changed it to Ward, CO...closer!! ;-)

Beautiful series! I didn't know they came down to Boulder. I lived in CO for 11 years and never even saw one. I guess I better keep visiting ;)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

especially like the third shot!

empidonax
empidonax 8 years ago

Nice sighting and great shots!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 8 years ago

Oh wow Christy! These came out great! You got so much more color in your photos then I got in mine!

ChristyHolland
Spotted by
ChristyHolland

Ward, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Aug 25, 2012
Submitted on Aug 25, 2012

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