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  •  Quiet and well camouflaged. (7+ / 0-)

    You'd think they'd always be easy to spot, with that dark fur, but if you are out hiking through the woods, they blend in almost seamlessly with the shadows.  Went deer hunting a couple years ago up near Henry's Lake, was following some tracks, heard just the barest rustle behind me, turned around, and there as full-grown female with her calf, not 50 feet away.  They were probably laying down, and got spooked when I went by.  Needless to say, I too got spooked!  

    We are the first to look up and know, with absolute certainty, that the sword we ourselves have forged, is real.

    by Jbearlaw on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 10:23:11 AM PDT

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    •  I was startled nearly to death by one (8+ / 0-)

      I was hiking the Taggart Lake trail in Grand Teton a few years back and suddenly heard a sound next to me and turned to see a moose chomping away at some plants concealed by some brush and short aspen trees.

      This is at 105mm after I took several steps away from the moose to get to a safer distance:
      The Moose is on the Loose

      "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

      by craigkg on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 10:29:38 AM PDT

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      •  Isle Royale was where I ran into lots (6+ / 0-)

        of moose - I was camping in moose central, it seemed.  I was in a proscribed campsite, but I had moose going by my tent all night and I was just glad none went a little off their trail and over my tent.  I saw plenty when I was walking on the trail as well and was glad to give them plenty of space.

        •  We had the same experience (1+ / 0-)
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          camping in the Uintas. I was setting up for coffee in the morning when a big bull just wandered between me and our truck where we were sleeping. Gulp. Then another across the trail, then a mom and calf. I felt like I should be directing traffic.

          "But much to my surprise when I opened my eyes I was the victim of the great compromise." John Prine

          by high uintas on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 09:33:36 PM PDT

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      •  They're just not intimidated by humans. (1+ / 0-)
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        Or much of anything, for that matter.  They're just too big.  Not many predators would take on a full grown moose, male or female.  A big grizzly, if hungry enough, maybe.  But one good kick from one of these behemoths would be all it would take to shatter a few bones.  Just not worth the risk.  

        The only two times I've ever really been scared of a moose was that one time when I was hunting, and another a few years prior; we were just tooling around the back roads near the John Sack cabin, and I was responding to the call of nature when another female and calf walked out of the tree line.  They were quite a way off, so I grabbed my binocs to get a better look, and watched as she walked towards us.  When she got about fifty yards away, I started walking back towards the truck, when not one but two big Bulls strolled out of the woods not thirty yards away.  They were both following her scent, and started locking horns almost immediately.  I hoofed it back to the truck and backed down the road a ways, and watched for a while.  Man, that was exciting.  

        We are the first to look up and know, with absolute certainty, that the sword we ourselves have forged, is real.

        by Jbearlaw on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 12:12:31 PM PDT

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