Earlier in 2015, Greg Dowling sent us photos of a moose encounter on the Chief Joseph cross-country trails at the south end of the Bitterroot Valley.

These latest photos are of a young moose, digging into and licking the snow alongside the trail.

We've also been getting reports of moose in the Hamilton riverbottoms again. Be cautious around those large animals and give them plenty of room. I usually just turn around and go the other way.

More of Greg's photos, from all seasons - scenery and animals, can be found at his website.

Young moose in the Chief Joseph Pass area. (Greg O. Dowling Photo)