Nikon D300 ~ 80-400mm Nikkor Lens
f 5.6 ~ 1/125s ~ ISO 640
151 views as of 10-28-12
Taken at Northwest Trek near the base of Mt Rainier in Washington state (US)
These are free roaming animals. – Moose ~ Alces alces
There is good and there is bad in running into one of these big fellows in the fall! I did get some great shots of him, but they can get very cranky and do serious damage to the object of their anger, which in this case would have been me! As you can see, this guy kept his cool cause I’m still here!!
The moose (North America) or Eurasian elk (Europe) is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic (“twig-like”) configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. Moose used to have a much wider range but hunting and other human activities greatly reduced it over the years. Moose have been re-introduced to some of their former habitats. Their diet consists of both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. The most common moose predators are wolves, bears, and humans. Unlike most other deer species, moose are solitary animals and do not form herds. Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive and move surprisingly fast if angered or startled. Their mating season in the autumn can lead to spectacular fights between males competing for the right to mate with a particular female.
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