Moose are especially aggressive during the rut. Always stay at least 25 yards away from moose, adding more distance if the animal appears agitated. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

MOOSE, Wyo. — Moose are extra active during the fall as they enter the rut, warned Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) officials last week.

“After growing out their antlers all season, males are ready to display. While sparring does happen, males normally display to each other by parading around, shaking their antlers, and showing off their size,” said GTNP. “If the smaller male knows he won’t win a fight, he will bow out before the two come to blows.”

During the rut, females will group together and bulls will fight with each other in order to gain mating rights. As a result, bull moose can be very aggressive during this time with anything they perceive to be a threat to them and their rights to mate.

Always stay at least 25 yards away from moose, adding more distance if the animal appears agitated.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who is lucky to call the Tetons home. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.