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Fox - this moose is for you.

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I remember how much you liked the moose we arranged for the night of the Gathering party at our place last winter.

As I was leaving work this evening, I came across this guy just hanging out in the shade of the tram building at the base of the Jackson Hole ski area. We pride ourselves on being "moose-accessible", of course...




This is just a close-up:





I also went for a hike up Cody Peak this morning. While going up the tram, we sailed right over the top of a black bear. He was sauntering across Riverton Bowl, for any of you who have skied that run,

Oh, me. Just another day in Jackson Hole.

Bob
post #2 of 17
Er ... you obviously used a bit of telephoto magnification for these two shots, but just how close did you get to take these pix?

Tom / PM
post #3 of 17
Awwwwwhhhhhh, that's sad!! Poor crippled little guy.
post #4 of 17
That may be the one I saw (I can't judge the age of those things). It was 1996 and I was stuck on the Poma lift at the bottom of the Hobacks. This guy (or one of his relatives) was hanging out in the driveway of one of those condos over there. Scared the crap out of me b/c I've had Moose charge my truck at college in VT. They can be mean buggers if there's a juvenile involved, or if they're just in a pissy mood.
post #5 of 17
Thanks Bob!
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
PM. That camera has a 4x optical and 8x digital zoom. The wider-frame shot was 4x and the close-up was the full 8x (which partially explains why the quality sucks so bad). I was about 50 feet away.

SD. Yeah, it was interesting he decided to plop down right underneath the wheelchair access sign. According to some people who had been watching him for a bit, he had just spent the last half hour UNsuccessfully trying to interest a moose of the female persuasion in his advances. It was very warm yesterday afternoon and I think he was a bit tired - and perhaps feeling just slightly disabled. : He did get up a few minutes later and wander off to munch on the flowers at the Music Hall.

CP. This one is a relative youngster. Perhaps a three-year-old or four at the most. He's probably not old enough to be the one you saw. Maybe he's a son?

Bob

Snow is in the forecast tonight.
post #7 of 17
Bob,

Alot of the photos taken in Jackson this summer seem to show pretty large snowfields than the past 4/5 years. Is this my imagination or has the snow held on there better this year.


ed
post #8 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
CP. This one is a relative youngster. Perhaps a three-year-old or four at the most.
He looks like 1-2 years old but it is hard to tell in that picture.

Moose grow pretty quickly.

I'm sure you know better then I do.

Maybe Maine Moose are bigger.

post #9 of 17
He's probably pretty young. ...Check out the front tooth wear!
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
I was guessing three years but the naturalist who came by said maybe four. Around here, they nurse mom until almost two years old and then get kicked out into the cold, cruel world.

Aside from the teeth - good point, Feallen - he's got really small antlers (the left-side antler appears to have been damaged but the right-side is still pretty small), so I'd still bet on a three-year-old.

Anyway, he caused quite a stir among the people getting on and off the tram yesterday evening. The naturalist was sort of directing traffic. Some of the visitors seemed to think the moose was a pet that was put there by the ski area. Dead serious, one guy wanted to go up and pet him. :

Bob
post #11 of 17
My most resent scary moose story. i was cruising on my motorcycle lats even. i was out on some twisty turny mountain roards just riding and enjoying a fine cool evening. i came around a tight corner and out of the corner of my eye I saw movement in the bushes close by the side of the road. I started slowing down and sure enough a Moose steps out into the road. I wasn't going that fast. Still by the time I stopped I was within 20 feet of Mr Moose. He was a big guy with a nice size rack. So there we are he's looking at me and I'm looking at him. I'm to close to attempt a u turn. There is noway around him and since I was going down hill getting off the bike and pushing it up hill would be a pain in the a$$, but that was looking like my best bet. As I started getting off the bike Mr Moose lowered his head. So I stopped moving and just sat there. We just looked at each other and after a few mins Mr Moose got bored with me and continued on his way. I love riding my motorcycle in the mountains. With the changing leaves and cool air it is a real joy. But i do keep a shape eye out for wild life. 1500 lbs moose vs 700 lbs of motoercycle and rider isn't a contest Moose will win everytime.
post #12 of 17

Another Jackson moose story

I think I too had a run in with a relative of Bob's moose a few years ago. We were having a family reunion at Jackson Hole, staying in the condos at the base of the ski area and having a fine time. One evening, I needed something from the car, loped through the condo door and was running down the steps before I realized I was face to face with a moose who was casually grazing on the shrub just outside the door, not more than 3 feet away. I was startled, but luckily he wasn't. I backed up slowly and he kept grazing. It took a while for my heart rate to get back into the normal range.

As I think about it, it was quite a few years ago. My son was in diapers then and I think it was some kid-related item I was fetching at a run from the car. He is now 16.
post #13 of 17
Moose and Squirrel - Yes
Moose and Car - No

Don't know where this happened. However, it happens all too often here in New Hampster.

Both car and moose loose. I'd hate to think what would happen to a motorcycle.
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post #14 of 17
Nice shot T-square! Do you have any pictures of babies being eaten by alligators?
post #15 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Utah49
i was cruising on my motorcycle lats even. I started slowing down and sure enough a Moose steps out into the road. I wasn't going that fast. Still by the time I stopped I was within 20 feet of Mr Moose. He was a big guy with a nice size rack.
So similar to my last close encounter is scary.

Two years ago going to Lodge at MRG in mid-September on Route 17 east at midnight. round the bend near the top and there is Mr Moose. I stop the bike, he's looking up hill and does not seem to notice me. Click into first go in oppposite lane and shoot by him. He swings his head, with full rack, toward me as I pass and dissappears into the darkness.
post #16 of 17
A Moose in the MAD RIVER in Vermont.
post #17 of 17
Snowdog

I can't lay claim to the picture. It was sent to us as a safety brief from Civil Air Patrol. Moose are a very significant hazard on some of the back roads around here. It pays to be cautious.

I've seen numerous moose (meese?) when driving. The dang things think they own the road and will wander across at any time.

Once, I was driving down I-89 in the wee hours of the morning and noticed something dark and LARGE running along the side of the road. Bullwinkle in all his glory. Could hardly see him due to the dark coat they wear. They really blend into the background at night. That is why most collisions up here occur at night. There were 155 collisions in Vermont last year.

Neat VT website about it.

http://www.scenesofvermont.com/hunti...collision.html
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