Jackson Hole Fall is in full swing with one of our favorite fall annual event- moose visits! Our guests have been entertained by a mother moose with her calf hanging out around Inn on the Creek. The two looked happy and healthy munching on the bushes along the edge of the creek. They were enjoying our smorgasbord of raspberry bushes, dogwoods and willows- yum. Besides losing the raspberry harvest, these helpful gardeners saved us a lot of work pruning our bushes. The moose spotting is best early in the morning or just before dusk. Such a terrific way to start the day off or wrap up your adventure in Jackson Hole.
Some fun moose facts are that full grown moose weigh around 1200 pounds and the antlers can weight up to 40 pounds alone. Baby moose are 30 pounds at birth! It takes a lot of sustenance to reach and maintain that size. Moose will eat around 73 pounds of food in the summer season daily and 34 pounds in the lean winter season daily. Moose are nimble on land, but also terrific swimmers! Their peak speed on land is about 35 miles an hour and can sustain a speed of 20 miles an hour for long distances. They enjoy cooling off in lakes, rivers and wetlands where they also feed on aquatic plants. They can dive and stay under for 30 seconds or more to reach these tasty treats!
It’s not all glory with having the moose in the backyard, though. While being impressive to see up close, moose are wild and unpredictable. Approaching a moose, especially with a baby, is never a good idea. People are more likely to be injured by a moose than a bear. The mother’s instincts could kick in, and she will charge. They do also leave their calling cards in the form of some big piles of droppings that aren’t fun cleaning up. As the fall draws closer, many more moose encounters are possible, along with other wild animals. It’s best to be safe than sorry in these kinds of situations. As a warning to all, don’t get too close and always be aware of your surroundings. Happy September and Jackson Hole Fall!