Update: 8/16/09 (original post 7/28/09) – Please see the corresponding Errata Page for a correction on the location this moose was seen at
As we traveled through Yellowstone Park we were checking off the various wildlife we saw against the field guild I mentioned in the last post. There was one particular animal that was successfully eluding us almost the entire time. That particular animal was the following.
We had completely given up as we headed out of the park to the South on our way to the Grand Tetons. Literally 5 minutes from the park exit we come upon this fine specimen. Not carrying the same fear we had with the bears, we actually pulled over on the shoulder and exited the vehicle to get a closer look. I must say, I was re-thinking that idea when I took this shot.
From this angle it looked a lot more ferocious and although this one did not have the biggest rack, it was still one of the largest animals we had seen on the vacation. I am guessing for a brief moment this moose was thinking steak would taste better than those weeds. Luckily it turned its attention back to the grass which calmed my heart down some.
Oddly, this was the only moose in the area as opposed to the other wildlife (with exception of the bears) that was not mingling with others in a herd. The moose was very content to just eat his veggies and taken in the likely oddity of humans pointing cameras in its direction. The dark fur really stood out against the greenery providing a nice contrast to the photos. The following shot is probably my favorite since the branch looks like a hand tickling the fur under his snout causing his foot to raise up in a mock scratch. My dogs do this all the time which makes me laugh.
It was close, but we did get to check this animal off of our checklist. Next time we hope to catch one with a larger rack