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Shiras Moose - Grand Teton National Park

"We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understanding and our hearts." William Hazlitt


I hiked in Grand Teton National Park. This Shiras Bull Moose was about 20 feet off the trail. I hiked from Jenny Lake through Cascade Canyon to Lake Solitude. One of the most scenic and enjoyable hikes I have ever hiked.


Do not get this close when the Bull starts into rut and rubs the velvet off the antlers . More people are killed by moose than by Grizzly bears every year.



Shiras Moose, Alces alces shirasi:

Common Name: Yellowstone moose, Wyoming moose

Shiras moose are the smallest of the subspecies of moose. A Shiras bull will weigh up to 1,000 pounds, while standing 5'6" to 5'9" at the shoulder. It carries a rack that spreads from 40 to 50 inches wide. The Shiras is much lighter in color along its back compared to other species of moose. Interestingly enough the moose’s face changes from a light brown color in summer and becomes darker in color as breeding season approaches. The legs are lighter in color than the body. Both bulls and cows have a "bell" which is the flap of skin and long hair that hangs from the throat.


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Taken on August 15, 2008