Our study sites at the Brainard Lakes Recreational Area are beautiful. Add a couple of moose into the picture and it’s absolutely breath taking. We have had numerous moose sightings throughout the summer. The moose love eating breakfast just as we happen to arrive at the parking lot. I was able to snap a picture driving by! I always seem to notice the same three adult males, all eating together. I would expect there to be one male accompanied by a female, possibly two. Wierd, huh! I have seen two females in the area as well. One adult and one calf. These moose sightings have become part of the Colorado pika team’s routine.
If you have never seen a moose, it is a great experience. In the picture above, the shrubs are just shy of five feet tall. The moose is standing roughly six feet tall at shoulder height! The average weight for a male moose varies from 600 – 1000 pounds. A female moose can weigh from 500 – 700 pounds. It is incredible seeing such a big mammal, especially when you’re close to them. The moose tend to eat breakfast right by the road. I have been within 25 feet of this big guy above (of course with the comfort of my Jeep behind me). All in all if you happen to stumble into one of these guys while recreating at the Brainard Lakes area snap a picture. There will be plenty of tourists joining your photo!