I photographed this Bull Moose in the forests of the Grand Teton National Park. I carefully followed and photographed him for several hours as he foraged food and crossed several streams.
He was very calm with my presence and laid down for a rest in sage grass. I like the way you can see all the colors and small details in his large antlers. The male will drop its antlers after the mating season and conserve energy for the winter. A new set of antlers will then regrow in the spring. Antlers take three to five months to fully develop, making them one of the fastest growing animal organs. They initially have a layer of skin, called “velvet,” which is shed once the antlers become fully grown. Immature bulls may not shed their antlers for the winter, but retain them until the following spring.
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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