Shiras Moose - Grand Teton National Park

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    "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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    1. bekinaz 75 months ago | reply

      Very cool.

    2. smiles7 75 months ago | reply

      Phenomenal shot.

    3. tnlonghorn 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called WESTERN ANIMALS, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    4. Laramie_Coyote 72 months ago | reply

      Excellent Capture!

      I saw this Photo of Excellence on A Virtual Journey

    5. PaisleyPitbull 71 months ago | reply

      This is amazing!!

    6. [~db~] Photography 68 months ago | reply

      WOW, that's a once in a lifetime shot.

    7. Scandblue 68 months ago | reply

      What a fantastic capture! Wonderful!

    8. Jeff Clow 68 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stellar piece of photo work......


    9. Tony Buckley 65 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot. Looks like a happy moose too.

    10. Goeinarmed 63 months ago | reply

      what an awesome picture of an awesome animal! sike i hate this moose. especially because its owned by shira. shira is such a darsh.

    11. Al_HikesAZ 63 months ago | reply

      Hey Goe - Dude - you are speaking a form of English with which I am not familiar. I have no idea who Shira is, but Shira doesn't own squat in this neck ot the woods. It's a Sheer ASS (Shiras) moose (Alces alces shirasi) not a Gigas moose like up in the Yukon. It's named after some Biology clown from a long time ago.

      I'm pretty sure I know what a Darsh is, and I don't think it's the Hindu God. If I ever have the misfortune of meeting this Shira I will let her know how you feel.

    12. Goeinarmed 63 months ago | reply

      dont say ass. rude.

    13. Laura Lea 62 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot! Wow!

    14. rosinberg 60 months ago | reply

      Fantastic moose pic!

    15. jt354 58 months ago | reply

      77mm -- that's scary! great shot though.

    16. EncyclopediaOfLife 47 months ago | reply

      Encyclopedia of Life curator Katja Schulz has trusted your image on the EOL site

    17. Erik Cooper 29 months ago | reply

      You did it! Fantastic take!

    18. fernando.lison 16 months ago | reply

      I use this photo in my free software educational proyect "Animalandia". You can see in:
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      Thank you!

    19. cowlishaw 4 months ago | reply

      I definitely enjoy your snap shots! :)

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