While hiking late at night with a friend, our headlamps glanced over a pair of small shiny dots on the trail ahead of us. The reflection of a pair of eyes gazed back at us, low to the ground and somewhat close together. Although the beam of our lights were strong enough to reflect light off the animal’s eyes, there wasn’t enough light to illuminate the figure behind those eyes. Because they were close together and near the ground, our imaginations cycled through the worst-case scenarios first. Because of the area we were in, our first thought was that it could be a bear. We called out to it, trying to communicate to it that we could see it and we knew it could see us. We waited for a while, hoping our voices would encourage it to move along and away from where we were. Instead, a second pair of eyes appeared. These somewhat taller off the ground and further apart from each other. We continued discussing what they could be, expanding our list of possibilities to elk, deer, and moose. My friend decided that tossing a rock in their direction might encourage the pair of animals to move off the path. We heard movement from the pair after tossing the first rock but could still see eyes. So, we tossed a second rock. This did the trick. The animals moved off the path and we began to creep forward, careful to be respectful of their space. We could hear them, just off the path and could tell we were getting closer to them. Finally, our headlamps shone on the figures and we could see that there was a cow and a calf moose.