Well, in actuality he may have been picking up the scent of a nearby cow. With the rut approaching, the males at this spot in Arapaho National Forest back in August were keenly aware of any females in the area. This particular guy was younger and didn’t have quite as impressive of a rack as the other five bulls but he was not small by any means.
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.