City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

September 20, 2016

August 27th

Filed under: Mammals, Moose — canopus56 @ 11:27 pm

Monocular Moose

7:30 p.m. at the top of the southern rim where the canyon narrows at mile 1.1, I see something move. It is too far to make out what it is. When I jog I keep an eight power monocular in my water backpack. Magnified, I can see it is an adult moose with a large rack. The moose is the first of the coming winter season. In the depths of winter, the high east and west ridges near mile 1 are refuge grazing areas for dear, elk and moose. They come to this low end of the canyon when the snow becomes too deep for them to forage at higher altitudes.

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