Everything about the ungainly moose is big - a long nose, a height of up to 7 feet at the shoulder and a distinctive spread of palmate antlers on a bull that can grow to a span of 6 feet. It also has huge hooves, which help in traversing boggy areas and soft snow. But this awkward looking animal can run up to 35 mph and is an excellent swimmer.
Living off a diet of grasses and shrubs, moose need to eat over 40 pounds of plants per day. Moose are mostly solitary and are commonly seen in the shallow waters of a mountain lake, submerging its massive head to browse on aquatic plants. Beware, cow moose can be one of the most dangerous creatures of the mountains when defending her young.
Season for Viewing
Summer: dawn & dusk. Winter: out more in the daytime hours. Present year-round
Best Areas to View
Moose are most frequently seen in the highest elevations of the High Uintas, particularly around lakes and other wet areas. Best found along the Spirit Lake scenic backway and along the Green River in Browns Park. Moose descend to lower elevations in the winter, and may be spotted along the National Scenic Byway from Dowd Mountain to Swett Ranch