Moose Cow & Yearling photographed on the banks of the Snake River in The Grand Teton National Park.
Female moose have an eight-month gestation period, usually bearing one calf, or twins if food is plentiful in May or June. Newborn moose have fur with a reddish hue in contrast to the brown appearance of an adult. The young will stay with the mother until just before the next young are born. This yearling is almost ready to leave its mother. Cows with young calves are very protective and will attack humans who come too close, especially if they come between mother and calf. Unlike other dangerous animals, moose are not territorial, and do not view humans as food, and will therefore usually not pursue humans if they simply run away. Like any wild animal, moose are very unpredictable and should be given a respectful amount of space.
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