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Okay, just so everyone doesn't think I'm just a reckless moron, we ran into a few hikers who had just seen this moose 1/4 mile down the trail and told us about it and that it was quite peaceful...the trail went right next to the moose (as in, the moose just stepped off the trail to feed), so we (me, my twin bro, and a friend) needed to pass by it anyway, and we were sure to make lots of noise so as not to spook him.
That being said, maybe it was more like 10-12 feet away; still close. Had no idea they had such a reputation--you always hear about the bison and grizzlies but I hadn't heard anything bad about moose, in fact, on the way back into town (Jackson, WY), we saw another bull moose right off the side of the main road with a bunch of tourists (and game officer) taking pictures...figured if they were that dangerous, the officer wouldn't have allowed people being so close.. Nevertheless, sometimes the pictures that are most worthwhile have some type of risk behind them. I would have NEVER taken such a risk with a grizzly, however, especially considering someone was killed by one in Yellowstone a week after we were there...