We finally have proof that moose (mooses? meece?) have made it to Ouray County. This is not breaking news; people have been spotting moose for some time now in and around Lovely Ouray, everyone but us, that is, even though we had one in our yard according to neighbors. Evidently we were gone that day, no doubt up in the high country looking for moose where they belong.
We spotted these two guys at the intersection of Mineral Creek and highway 550, not three miles out of Silverton. In a place where forty five degree angled landscapes are the rule, one doesn't find many exceptions of swamp grass, mud, and mosquito habitats where moose like to hang out. Maikel, Susan and Boonie were along as to witness the spotting, and with their telephoto lens cameras captured better photos than yours truly.
Photos of a marmot and pica follow the moose. Poor Coffee Girl searched her canine DNA archives under "marmot" and apparently came up empty. She didn't know what to make of the chirping "whistle pig," if it was friend or foe.