One of the big boys of Colorado’s high country. This bull along with a few others were lazily grazing on the willows in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area last month.
It won’t be long now and they will begin shedding that velvet on the antlers. Once that happens, the annual rut will begin and the boys won’t be so inclined to play nice with each other. I’m anxious to get back up there in a couple of weeks and spend some quality time with them again.
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.