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Young Moose bull grazing in the early morning sun

As I sit thinking about my plans for the summer and fall I cannot help but get anxious about visiting with this massive creatures again. So large, so beautiful – but also ones to be very cautious around.

Back in September this young one was hanging out with a couple, far more senior bulls, grazing the willows in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area.

Moose are the largest member of the deer family although the sub-species we have here in Colorado, the Shiras Moose, are the smallest of moose sub-species. That however does not mean they are truly small. They can stand six feet tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 1,200 pounds!

You cannot begin to appreciate their size until you are up close with one. It is best to maintain a respectful distance, no matter how gentle they might seem.

A young Bull Moose grazes on willows in Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Bull Moose grazes on willows in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. (© Tony’s Takes)

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