I hinted at my second lifer mammal of the Colorado trip in my last trip post: It's brown, it's big, and it has a bell. The answer is my first MOOSE. This is one of those iconic animals that I've been eagerly wanting to see. Grand Lake, CO didn't disappoint. We saw our first moose of the trip from the porch of the cabin at sunset. The large bull sauntered across the yard of our neighbor across the river. It had a nice pair of small antlers. The next day we saw our second moose of the trip (captured in the video below). It's a young male with two little stubs for antlers.
As for the bell, well this is a topic of debate. The male will often soak it in urine so it must have something to do with territories or mating. The bell is the flap of skin that hangs down beneath the moose's neck.