This massive fellow chose to spend the early morning going for a walk along the shores of Long Lake in Arapaho National Forest. As he did, he would graze on the nearby willows and occasionally lift his head to check out the bipedal lifeform that was busily taking pictures of him. It was a fun experience although also a very cold one as at an altitude of 10,500 feet, the temperature was 38 degrees and there was a very strong breeze coming off the lake’s waters.
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.