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Moose Encounter

Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel by leahyetter on August 13, 2012

We took a road trip recently traveling through back roads of Wyoming and into Colorado.

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And wouldn’t you know we saw a momma moose and her calf.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

They were distracted by something else and didn’t pay much attention to us. We kept our distance anyhow.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

We drove off, made our way around the corner and there was another one all brushed up in the willows.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

This was my first sighting of a moose and it was super cool to watch them move so gracefully around the land and in the tall brush.

A few moose facts:
-Moose are the largest of all the deer species.
-The flap of skin that sways beneath each moose’s throat is known as a bell
-Their hooves act as snowshoes to support themselves in soft snow and in muddy or marshy ground.
-Moose are at home in the water and, despite their staggering bulk, are good swimmers.
-Females give birth to one or two calves in the spring—each weighing some 30 pounds.
-Calves grow quickly and can outrun a person by the time they are just five days old.
(Thanks for the info NatGeo!)

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  1. Alice said, on August 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

    There is just something about a moose…their peculiar stride and features, yet such a wonder. Love seeing them–thanks.


    • leahyetter said, on August 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Thanks Alice. Yeah, they are such a wonder- big and bulky yet so graceful!


  2. JudyK said, on August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    The most interesting things are often found off the main highway, plus you can safely slow down or stop to get a better look. Any idea what distracted mamma moose and her calf?


    • leahyetter said, on August 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

      A car full of folks in front of us is what distracted them. But no one got out and tried to get closer out of respect obviously. Don’t want to get them riled up or they will come after ya!


      • nutsfortreasure said, on August 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

        🙂 have had a few grunt at me lol


  3. Melanie said, on August 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I love moose! Beautiful calf


  4. cravesadventure said, on August 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I have never seen a Moose in the wild and have heard they are massive – Cool Captures! Happy Monday:)


  5. conversationswithacowboy said, on August 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    love the pics!


  6. Seasweetie said, on August 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    It’s on my life list to have a moose encounter! As a child, my imaginary friend was a moose. I’m envious…


  7. scrapydo said, on August 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing this interesting information. Lovely photos


  8. Sheila T Illustrated said, on August 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I have heard that one should not tangle with a moose; fortunate you had great equipment to capture these at a safe distance. Now you have me curious why there is a bell.


  9. Ken Krakow said, on August 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    So if I want a baby moose for a pet I have 5 days to catch it. Wait…. Forgot about it’s GIANT mother – never mind.

    Leah your photos are always a treat but also, I learn so much – from your commentary. You’re paying me back.

    Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:09:35 +0000 To: kenkrakow@hotmail.com


  10. Lenore Diane said, on August 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    During our trips to Maine over the course of several years, I’ve always kept my eye out for a moose. Congrats on your sighting. Thanks for sharing these great captures with us.


  11. melissakoski said, on August 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    What a wonderful first sighting Leah! I love all the moose facts too.


  12. Lynne Otter photographer said, on August 14, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Ciao Melissa, what a wonderful experience, great shots. What does moose meat taste like?


  13. Cal Common said, on August 14, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Great stuff. Always look forward to your photo’s and concise commentary.


  14. Ellen said, on August 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I was surprised to know that they are good swimmers … I don`t know why 🙂


  15. jmeade1048@aol.com said, on August 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    so cool, i bet they are a lot bigger without the security of a fence at a zoo. i know the first buffalo i saw without a fence between me and him almost gave me a heart attack.


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