Montana Outdoors

October 4, 2013

Hiking bonus

Filed under: Animals, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, Moose — Tags: — montucky @ 7:59 pm

Mama Moose


  1. Oh, they’re beautiful! What a sight that must have been!


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 4, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    • These were actually along the road to the trail head. I sure love seeing them! They look very good going into winter!


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

  2. A sight to behold! 🙂


    Comment by twoscamps — October 4, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

  3. Oh my goodness!


    Comment by Roberta — October 4, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    • I remember seeing so many more back in the 40’s and 50’s, but perhaps in the area where these are there is a larger population.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

  4. wowsers!


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — October 4, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    • Their presence speaks well for that part of the forest!


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

  5. Wow what a bonus that was. Yet more proof from you that all the rewards in the world are out there if you get up and go see 🙂


    Comment by Mike Howe — October 5, 2013 @ 2:57 am

    • Very true, Mike! The wonders that you encounter are directly proportional to the time you spend in the wilderness, or even out of doors. Last evening I walked just up the road a little from my house and got to watch a dozen elk grazing on a grassy shelf across the river. They would not have been seen from inside.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

  6. A favorite animal for me ! … Here in Sweden we call our moose ” King of the forest ” … They are such majestic animals … Your photo of them is beautiful ! ,,, // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — October 5, 2013 @ 4:21 am

    • They sure are majestic! I’m glad that you have them too and appreciate them. Outside of the bison, they are the largest of our wild animals. It is thrilling to be close to them!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

  7. I was just reading that our moose population is falling due to the explosion of ticks caused by our suddenly mild winters. Between ticks and a fatal brain disease, New Hampshire moose are having a tough time of it,


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — October 5, 2013 @ 6:01 am

    • That’s sad news! I wonder how they are doing farther to the north?
      Development and the influx of people and homes, fishermen beating the streams to death with their lures and kids splashing in the waters have removed moose from several drainages where I remember they were plentiful 60 years ago. In the wilderness places and the less populated forests in the northwestern part of Montana though they still flourish, thank Goodness!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

  8. Oh my that is a bonus. I’ve only seen moose once in the wild. How wonderful.


    Comment by anniespickns — October 5, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    • I see several every summer, but usually don’t spend a lot of time in their best habitat. Once, we had two yearlings venture through our property though.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

  9. Holy moly!! Up close and personal. Amazing.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 5, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    • They are awesome creatures! It is very special to see them here.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

  10. Wow! You don’t see them often, do you? I just looked at your “moose” tag and this is only the 2nd shot you’ve posted of them so I guess not. How cool.


    Comment by Candace — October 5, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    • I usually see from three to a dozen each year, but very seldom have an opportunity for a photo. The two occasions this year were wonderful for me!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

  11. The second appears to be substantially smaller. Might it be a calf, or a female, or a yearling? Clearly, I don’t know my moose. (And yes, I had to look up the plural. Moose. Sheep. Deer. Got it!)


    Comment by shoreacres — October 5, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    • The second one is this year’s calf, already a large animal. It’s good to see them in such great condition going into winter!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

  12. Haha, it looks like they are pretty comfortable with you close to them! Nice pic!


    Comment by Tripeese — October 5, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    • They did turn and head back into the thick brush, but not especially frightened. I did not figure out what the cow was interested in off to my right, but something had her attention there.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

  13. Hi Montucky, What a treat to see Moose. I have seen Moose twice. Once when I was in Yellowstone National Park many years ago, and once, fleetingly, in Alaska a few years ago. You lucked out to see these up close. Have a great coming week!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 6, 2013 @ 11:06 am

  14. Oh my, those are such handome animals. How perfect a view you had.


    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — October 6, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

  15. What a thrill to see them when you’re out hiking!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 6, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    • It’s a thrill any time! A year ago I almost ran into a big cow on a brushy trail. She looked as big as a bus!


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

  16. That’s more than a bonus, that’s the main event~! And such a sweet, sweet photo! Excellent!


    Comment by WildBill — October 7, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    • It’s so good just to know that they are still here and doing well!


      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

  17. such a special special sighting!!


    Comment by Tammie — October 7, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    • I was happy to get a photo. I usually see several every year but seldom have a chance to get a picture.


      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

  18. I am again speechless when seeing Your photo. Great shot indeed!


    Comment by Sartenada — October 10, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    • It’s good to see them in the wild! I suspect there are many in that region.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2013 @ 9:57 am

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