Yesterday afternoon I went to Camas National Wildlife Refuge to do some birding and to check on the three bull moose bachlors that have been there for a year. Low and behold the largest bull had found two girlfriends and was protective of the two. The cows wandered on their own and the bull was determined that no males, including me, would mess things up for him.
As one of the cows came near me, the bull did a stalk on me.
He decided to charge, but there was deep water between us and he would stop there.
He would bellow at the cows, but they would look up at him and then continue eating.
He got a little angry at us all and took it out on some willows. Probably just sharpening the tines for me.
He had to chase after one of the wandering cows and then looked back and me, warning me to keep my distance.
The other cow moved across the road from me and he decided he was tired of me being too close. So he pawed and ground, urinated in it and I headed for the truck.
I did not get any pictures of him chasing the truck down the road, but he chased the truck for about 20 yards before heading back to round up his two partners.
The last I saw of them was as they headed into the high bullrushes - right toward the other two bull moose. I'm afraid he will have a fight on his hands.
What a great time in the wilds of Idaho and I will be there looking for them again and soon.