Moose Matinee

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A short while after I took this photo the bull mounted the cow. I shot this image through through a Nikon 300 f4 with a 1.4x teleconverter and liked how this angle seems to suggest the closeness of their partnership.


Quick Facts:


*Moose is an Algonquin term for "twig eater." They eat up to 44 lbs (20 kg) each day.


*Moose is the largest of the deer family and the largest mammal in North America.


*They're tall! From shoulders to feet adults can be around 6-7 ft (roughly 2 m). Mature bulls often weigh in at more than 800-1,300 pounds (360 to 600 kg).


*During mating season, females attract males with their deep calls and strong scent (I can attest this male was definitely interested in her scent and calling).


*Bulls grow antlers in the spring and then shed them in the winter. The adult males also have a long, floppy dewlap that hangs below the throat (its purpose is unknown).


Here's a shot of a female moose from the same location.


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Taken on September 25, 2006