Monday, July 30, 2012

Moose in Grand Teton National Park

I arrived in Teton National Park last Wednesday and set up camp at Gros Ventre Campground along the Gros Ventre river.  I quickly heard about a large bull moose frequenting the river nearby.  That night he didn't show until 8:00 pm, much to dark for pictures but I decided to return each evening until I was able to photograph him.  He was a no show the next three evenings but was able to get pictures of several cows, one with two young calves.  Last night I arrived at 5:00 and there he was just across the river.

Bull Moose

The North American moose is the largest species in the deer family.  The moose is a herbivore and the average adult will consume 9770 calories to maintain their weight.  A large adult bull will stand 6.9 ft at the shoulder and weigh 1500 lbs.

Moose Cow

Moose Calf

Moose will mate beginning in September.  The gestation period is eight months and will normally have one calf but this calf has a twin. The young calf will stay with mom until near time for the next delivery.  The average lifespan is 15 to 25 years.

This was the only picture I could get where the twins were together.

Remember to click on the image to enlarge.  It is hard to find internet access here but will try to post again in about a week.

Thanks for visiting my blog, David

1 comment:

  1. Nice stuff, David - Love the first shot. Hope you are having a great time.