our pet moose

By Jim Stanford on March 11, 2008

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I returned from Casper this weekend to find a young moose has moved into our neighborhood in east Jackson. It appears to be the same moose that has been hanging around downtown for several weeks and was photographed by Mark Gocke on the deck of the restaurant Thai Me Up.

The moose has been sleeping in my neighbor’s yard, beneath the shelter of a large pine tree, and chowing all the shrubs between our houses. Last night the ungulate lay down beside my friends’ front porch and practically pressed its snout against the glass of their windows.

I’ve lived in other, more rural places in Jackson Hole where it’s not unusual to see moose. But in our dense residential neighborhood, this is a first.

We don’t mind sharing our space with the moose, which obviously is struggling to find food with the deep snowpack in the surrounding hills. Hopefully by pruning the aspen trees and willows in our gardens it can stay alive till the snow melts up Cache Creek.

Of course, some people take the nurturing too far, as this video attests.

The footage, while dated, appears to have been shot in Wilson.

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5 Comments so far

  1. Leif Huot March 12, 2008 3:04 pm

    Just yesterday there was a female moose down here in Rafter J. It ate some of the neighbors bushes then walked off down the street.

  2. js March 12, 2008 4:22 pm

    unfortunately, our moose isn’t in great shape. it has scratched off a lot of hair on its neck and doesn’t look good. a friend called Game and Fish today, on finding the moose sitting down on Snow King Avenue.

    I just hope it doesn’t wind up like this moose:
    http://www.planetjh.com/news/A_102824.aspx

  3. D. Talcott March 18, 2008 11:32 am

    The baby moose that js was talking about slept on our porch last week by the ball park, she had just been attacked by the lion hangin on Snow King-I hope this isn’t the moose that didn’t survive.

  4. chris March 18, 2008 3:42 pm

    I dunno, js, I live in Wilson and I don’t recognize that song…or that moose.

    Seems to be a big year for moose foraging in yards. We’ve had a mama and adolescent in our yard for about the past week, pruning our willows and aspens. Earlier in the season there was a mama with two adolescents in the hood; I hope nothing happened to the other one or that this is a different family unit.

    Long live the moose!

  5. js March 18, 2008 5:36 pm

    in case anyone missed it, I wrote an obituary for the young moose that had been hanging around our neighborhood:

    http://www.jhunderground.com/2008/03/13/rip-east-jackson-moose/

    Chris, I thought that video was filmed down Fall Creek … surely those shorts look familiar, no?

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