Dan Walters Wildlife Photography

The moose at Brainard Lake in Colorado were a little more active this morning. The rut is getting close. One bull had some velvet hanging in front of his eyes. He thrashed around in some trees trying to get rid of it.

The older bulls usually shed there velvet first, also called “dripping velvet”. They then have the first opportunity to mate. Unlike elk, they do not gather harems. Rather they will mate with one over a two day period, then find another cow.

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