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Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park
Wyoming 83013
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Oxbow Bend, a Snake River meander, may not be the only place to watch wildlife in Grand Teton National Park but it is one of the most rewarding. The slow moving waters of this crescent-shaped stream are home to river otter, beaver and muskrat as well as a variety of waterfowl including the sandhill crane and trumpeter swan. Moose and elk often browse here in the late afternoon. Bear are frequently spotted here in the early morning. But what makes wildlife watching at Oxbow Bend truly unique is the spectacular backdrop. Mt. Moran graces the west. Vivid reflections make for picture perfect viewing.
Fun Facts about Moose
 

There are lots of fun facts about the Moose. Did you know that:

  • The Moose - Alces alces in Latin - is the largest species of the deer family.
  • The Moose, referred to as an Elk in Europe, is not to be confused with the second largest of the deer family. The Wapiti, called an Elk in North America, is a completely different animal.
  • Moose live in northern forested habitats that have lots of rivers and streams. They are found in North America (Canada and Alaska as well as Montana, Minnesota, Michigan and Maine), Europe (Norway, Sweden and Finland) and across Russia all the way to the Sea of Japan.
  • Moose eat the shoots, leaves and bark of trees and shrubs. And because they lack an upper set of teeth, they strip rather than snip the plants they eat.
  • Male moose are called bulls; females are called cows.
  • Moose are easily identified by their elongated snout, rounded nose and dewlap or bell flap that hangs from their chin. But their most distinguishing feature is the broad palm-like set of antlers that Bull Moose grow a new each year.
  • Adult moose have few natural predators. Their antlers and strong hooves are effective weapons of self-defense against bears and even packs of wolves.
 
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Bring bug spray

Submitted on 12 October 2008 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy
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The meander of the Snake known as Oxbow Bend is rightly considered one of the top spots in the Tetons to watch wildlife and take photographs. Not only did we spot a variety of birds, we saw a moose and took fabulous late afternoon pictures. Bugs were the one frustration. Oxbow Bend is a buggy spot on a later summer afternoon. Bug spray is a must.
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