Denali Baby Moose

July 13, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

A moose calf jumping and splashing along Riley Creek In Denali National Park, Alaska, USAA moose calf jumping and splashing along Riley Creek In Denali National Park, Alaska, USAA moose calf jumping and splashing along Riley Creek In Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

Moose are big animals and are big here in Alaska. You can see them in parks, along the roads and even in the city of Anchorage. They provide many photo opportunities for the tourists and professional photographers and a freezer full of meat for the hunters and those living in the back country.

Three moose calves lying on a patch of ground in the middle of Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska, USAThree moose calves lying on a patch of ground in the middle of Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska, USAThree moose calves lying on a patch of ground in the middle of Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

So there's all this talk of a mother moose with three calves hanging around the entrance to the park. I'm going down there every two or three days as time allows hoping for some photos. I really want all four of them down by the creek with the sun setting and mom and one calf nose to nose posing just for me, hoping that's not asking for too much. And almost everyone in Denali has seen them but me.

Three moose calves on a patch of ground in the middle of Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska, USAThree moose calves on a patch of ground in the middle of Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska, USAThree moose calves on a patch of ground in the middle of Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

One evening as I come around the corner to the park I see the bridge full of people and cars parked all over. I know what that means! It's a moose jam!

Two moose calves crossing Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska., USATwo moose calves crossing Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska., USATwo moose calves crossing Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska., USA

I hurriedly park my truck and run to take a look. It's them. Grabbing some gear I head out to the middle of the bridge. There's three calves laying in the grass and mom is on the other side of the creek feeding.

Two moose calves along Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska., USATwo moose calves along Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska., USATwo moose calves along Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska., USA

I didn't get the image I wanted of all four of them but I did get some of just the calves by themselves.

Two moose calves strike a curious pose along Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska., USATwo moose calves strike a curious pose along Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska., USATwo moose calves strike a curious pose along Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska., USA

About one and half hours later they all got up and went into the woods. How odd I thought that they didn't wait there for their mother. A glance to my left and I spotted the reason. A big grizzly was making his way across the highway and into the woods in their direction. I'm glad they got to live another day.

A moose calf strikes a beautiful pose along Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska, USAA moose calf strikes a beautiful pose along Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska, USAA moose calf strikes a beautiful pose along Riley Creek, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

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