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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Moose in the Tetons

One of the charms of Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) is its size.  Only a fraction of the size of Yellowstone (484 square miles vs.3,468) the smaller size makes it possible to get to most places in short order. This is a real advantage when trying to observe wildlife before they disappear into the willows or forest.
Moose are one of the more popular species that can be found in GTNP.  There are several locations that are well known as moose "hot spots".  The first photos in this post are from the Gros Ventre campground where these huge beasts regularly appear...


At times a single animal may wander through but, just as often, they appear in groups of two or three...


One rainy day we found two bulls and a cow grazing contentedly in the middle of our camp loop...


 
In the next photo rain drips from the antlers of this bull...
 

They also appear when the weather is better...


I photographed this cow drinking at the wildlife overlook on Moose-Wilson Road...

 
Just a short distance down the road at a location called "the beaver dam" we often found a cow and calf wading in the stream...
 

 
The bridge over the Snake River is often the scene of "moose jams" when they feed in view of the road...
 

Unlike many other large animals, moose seem to be more aware of traffic. This one is using a pedestrian crossing in the small village of Moose...


We found a cow and calf in a small pond near the bottom of Signal Mountain...


This pair produced my only photo of a calf suckling. It won't be long before the calf will be too tall for the mother to nurse...

 
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