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Granite Creek

Granite Creek, Wyoming

Granite Creek Campsite
photo ©2003 E. Jeffers

Wildlife

Where can you see a moose, mule deer, squirrels, rabbits, wildflowers, a beautiful waterfall, and take a dip in a natural hot spring pool?  Give up?  Granite Creek Campground about 25 miles southeast of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Moose

Moose
photo ©2003 E. Jeffers

The moose is a large, brown mammal with humped shoulders, slender legs, and massive antlers.  Their size is comparable to that of a horse.  Both male and female have a large dewlap under their chin.

If you are looking for a moose the best place to spot one is in spruce forests, swamps, aspen and willow thickets.  A sure sign of a moose is trees stripped of bark and browse that is raggedly torn and thrashed.  Also you may see large wallows where the moose has been laying.  The reason for the muddy wallowing is it protects the moose from biting insects.

Moose Trivia

*The sound of the bull is a tremendous bellow, however, it also croaks and barks during the mating season.

*A moose can swim at 6 miles per hour for up to 2 hours.

*They can run quietly in the forest for up to 35 miles per hour.

*The record antler spread for a bull moose is 6 feet 9 inches.

*The life span of a moose is up to 20 years.

Moose Links

Mooseworld, About moose. About nature. About life.
http://www.mooseworld.com/

Moose Facts

http://www.gomoose.com/moosefacts.html

Moose

http://www.eparks.org/wildlife_protection/wildlife_facts/moose.asp
http://www.yahooligans.com/Science_and_Nature/Living_Things/Animals/Mammals/Deer/Moose/

Mule Deer

Mule Deer
photo ©2003 E. Jeffers

The mule deer is a stocky medium-sized deer with reddish-brown to grayish hair.  The mule deer has large ears similar to that of a mule, thus the reason for its name.  Mule deer usually bound with a stiff-legged gait.

When watching for wildlife some of the following signs may lead you to mule deer viewing.  During the summer months mule deer like to feast on leafy vegetation such as blackberry vines, huckleberry vines, and fruit.  In the winter season the primary forage is the twigs of aspen, willow, cedar, and sage.  Another sign that a mule deer is in the area is beds, buck rubs, and scrapes.

Mule Deer Mania

*A mule deer’s bounding gait is called stotting, with all 4 feet coming down together.

*Antler spread can be up to 4 feet.

*Mule deer, despite their small, narrow feet, are good swimmers.

*Mule deer fawns are able to recognize their mother by the scent of the mother’s glands.

Mule Deer Links

Whitetails.com - All Deer Facts
http://www.whitetails.com/facts.html#mule

Western Imprints: Mule Deer Facts
http://www.artware.de/westernimprints/data/wildlife/facts/muledeerfacts.html

All About Antlers: Sheds Video Clip Facts and More
http://www.kingsoutdoorworld.com/stories/antlers_story.htm

 

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Granite Creek Wildlife Link

http://www.visitsublettecounty.com/outdoors/wildlife.htm
 


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