|Young moose (Alces americanus) in Wyoming|
Of course, the first moose (Alces americanus) I encountered in the wild was not in California.
|Browsing on aquatic plants|
In the summer of 2007, my parents and I visited Grand Teton National Park , in the northwest part of Wyoming. One evening, we were lucky enough to stumble upon two moose, feeding nearly belly-deep in a pond. They appear to both be young males. We watched them for quite some time, from a respectable distance, and they seemed entirely oblivious to our presence. (More likely, they were fully aware of us, and fully aware that they had the upper hand.)
|Typical moose habitat: pond, surrounded by willows and alders|
Moose range across Alaska and Canada, and down into the northern part of the Rocky Mountains. During the summer months, they are often associated with tall grasses and willow and alder thickets, often in or near water. In addition to browsing on leaves and twigs, moose also feed on aquatic plants.
Seeing two moose in the wild was breathtaking experience for me as a naturalist. They are truly magnificent animals!