Autumn Moose

Bull moose in autumn, Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Since photographing a bachelor group of bull moose last month, I’ve been making regular trips to their willowy habitat around 10,000 feet on the Front Range. The bulls have dispersed and are on the move following cows during the autumn rut. The largest member of the deer family is more imposing this time of year, grunting and snorting, thrashing willows to polish antlers, and rapidly covering a lot of territory in pursuit of a female. This male was following a cow with two calves, juveniles now, and she did a good job of keeping her distance.

Moose are famously ornery during rut – I’ve read accounts of moose attacking cars in Alaska. I’ll keep going back while giving moose plenty of room.

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