Bear vs Moose

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Denali, Photos, Travel, Wildlife 10 Comments

Bear vs Moose

I came across this scene just minutes after the sow grizzly and her two cubs killed the young calf of this cow moose.  The poor moose just kept circling, her mothering instincts so strong that she would continue to move in close to check on her calf, until the sow would chase her off.  The cow moose left the area a couple of times, but continued to return.  Finally she was able to get in a position above the bears where it appeared to me she could see her calf was gone, after this final look, she left for good.

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  1. A telling tale of life in the wild. It’s too bad humanity has lost touch with its wild side – it always takes a local tragedy for people to remember life is precious.

  2. That is a sad story, but that is nature. Only the strong & lucky survive. Great pic!! Stay safe, as always!

  3. That is very sad. I hope that there are many other moose calves this spring who will be luckier.

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    Thanks for the comments.

    I know exactly what you are saying Laurent.

    Genevieve, as I was watching this, another cow moose with two new babies went running past me – I think she realized the situation and got the heck out of there, so hopefully those calves survived. Earlier in the week, I heard reports of this same sow killing another calf. This isn’t a good place to be a moose calf. And with spring being late, there wasn’t too much for the bears to graze on, so I imagine the moose looked good.

    Ron

  5. It’s a hard story to hear. But, what a really amazing image. Not only does it depict a great story, but the composition is so strong. It would have been a fine landscape piece without the moose and bears, it’s really something with them.

  6. I like that this is a variation of the theme from the last post. That would have been interesting to photograph the kill also. The impending sense of danger is quite effective too.

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