By Jim Stanford on March 11, 2008
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.