8. Shiras Moose---UtahThe Shiras moose is in the Rocky Mountains of southern Canada, Idaho, parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Utah.
Moose are the largest member of the deer family. This is a Shiras moose taken in Utah in 2002. The Shiras is the smallest of all the moose. All moose are brown in color, but the Shiras is the darkest of all the moose and is an almost black color. All bull moose have a dewlap or "bell" hanging from the throat. The function of the bell is unknown, but it probably has something to do with attracting females. (I guess you'd have to be a moose to fully appreciate the bell.) Moose frequent marshy habitats, but the Shiras can be found from wooded stream and river bottoms to aspen meadows high up on the mountains. They can even be found in the very dry sagebrush country of western Wyoming, but will move to stream bottoms as part of their range. Thirty years ago there were few Shiras in Utah, but they are now relatively common.