West Bragg Creek Moose

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Good friends of ours told us about a small group of moose that settled in a field in West Bragg Creek a couple of days ago.  This morning, I was out there early and quickly saw the young bull.

I made sure he saw me from a long ways off so that there were no surprises.

I moved slowly and watched his ears for signs of distress – if they get laid back then it is a sign that the moose is agitated.  He is a young fellow maybe 4 or 5 years old judging by the immature rack.  Nonetheless, still a very large animal and very impressive watching him track easily through the scrub brush and boggy grassland.

The cow was in the middle of a stand of trees to the side of the marsh where the bull was grazing.

She poked her head out to see what I was about.  She quickly concluded that I wasn’t anything to be concerned with as she laid down in the grass presumably near her yearling.  I didn’t see the young moose and had no interest in stressing the mother or getting into a dangerous position so I didn’t move any closer to the trees.

Great to see these young moose out.  We have pretty decent numbers in the Bragg Creek area but I always worry about the impact of hunting so it is wonderful to see babies, yearlings and young bucks when they return to these parts of their range.

7 responses

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  2. These are excellent photos of the moose! I am lucky to see a few each year here and have never had a chance to photograph them. I really enjoyed seeing these!

    October 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm

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  4. Mom & Dad

    Wonderful pictures – it reminds of me of the awesome part of the world we do live in and how talented you are to take great pictures for us all to enjoy.Love Mom

    October 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    • Thanks Mom! Hopefully you can join me for a couple of the morning tours again this year.

      October 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm

  5. Latz

    Awesome view you got there, love the tones in the trees you captured.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

    • Thanks Latz! It’s a great time of the year to traipse around the woods.

      October 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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