Moose

Moose

After having researched Elk the week prior, I wanted to follow up with their cousins, the moose. Both elk and moose belong to the deer family and in Eurasia, some elk are called ‘moose’. But each is a distinct species with moose being the largest of the deer family. A bull moose can weigh 1700 pounds or more. They are a majestic animal that is generally slow-moving. But moose can be dangerous if startled and will charge when provoked. Moose are often found in lakes and rivers because as part of their diet they feed on aquatic vegetation. And of course, who can forget Rocky and Bullwinkle.

This 2-minute video, set in an Alaska suburb, shows two bulls antler-battling. This 1-minute video shows a moose shedding one of its antlers. Moose shed their antlers annually. The video has funfacts as well.  This 3-minute video shows a cow and her two calves in a backyard. The twin calves play in the sprinkler. This 5-minute video shows a moose cow caring for her very young twin calves. Here is an awesome 5-minute video of two moose feeding in a lake. The adventurers got some great footage.

FunFacts about Moose: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The moose (North America) or elk (Eurasia), Alces alces is a member of the New World deer subfamily and is the largest and heaviest extant species in the Deer family. Moose are distinguished by the broad, palmate (open-hand shaped) antlers of the males; other members of the deer family have antlers with a dendritic (“twig-like”) configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal forests and temperate broadleaf and mixed forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. (Source)
  • Over time, the moose’s range has been reduced quite a bit. But successful efforts have been made to reintroduce the species into various habitats.
  • Moose are found mainly in Canada, Alaska, New England, Fennoscandia, the Baltic states, and Russia.
  • Moose eat both land-based vegetation and aquatic.
  • The moose’s primary predators are humans, the gray wolf, and bears.
  • Moose are mostly solitary animals and don’t move in herds.
  • September and October is the mating season.
  • Both males and females call to each other during the female’s estrus. The female has a wail-like sound. The male has a very loud grunt.
  • Males will battle for a female.
  • Gestation is 8 months.
  • Twins are born frequently, up to 30-40% of all pregnancies if nutrition is good.
  • Calves spend up to 18 months with their mother.
  • Moose are not normally aggressive unless startled or challenged, then they will charge.
  • European rock drawings indicate moose have been hunted since the Stone Age.
  • Because the center mass of the moose is above the hood of most cars, collisions often crush the windshields and roofs. These collisions most often prove fatal for humans.
  • Fossil evidence indicates moose lived 2 million years ago.

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37 thoughts on “Moose

  1. They are huge. Loved the videos (especially the one with the two babes playing in water sprinkler). Loved the photos.

  2. Moose are so big! I’m glad I haven’t run into any (literally) since I always hear stories about cars hitting moose on the road and how dangerous it is.

  3. Even though I live in New England, I have never seen a moose up close. We do have sightings of them but they are mostly up north. What majestic animals they are.

  4. I’ve never saw one but would love to. Such majestic animals. Beautiful videos!! I haven’t thought of Bullwinkle & Rocky in years lol. Thanks for the memory Caris. Everyone have a great day 🙂

  5. Moose are indeed majestic. They can run pretty fast when need be. I have seen them on TV, but never up close. That would be wonderful! The twins are so adorable, rambunctious as most young animals.

  6. Enjoyed the pictures, especially the one with Mom and her two babies. Those antlers are something else. Wouldn’t want to be near those!! AZ

  7. Coincidentally I discussed moose in last week’s blog on deer.

    They are a hazard on the roads up North. When we lived in VT we had to drive at a snail’s pace at night because you couldn’t see them standing in the road because of their sky high tall legs.

    The headlights shone in between their legs, so the road would look clear ahead.

    • Sandra,
      I can totally see that. Their legs are so long. I’d also wondered if people in New England took care driving because of the moose, now I have my answer. I’d be driving at a snail’s pace as well since we’re talking life-or-death in a collision.

      Caris,
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  8. While canoeing on the Mississippi in northern Minnesota, my relatives warned me about coming across moose along the riverbanks and how dangerous they could be. I took their warning quite seriously, as the river was only about 25 feet wide, and we were definitely in charging range. Thank heaven we only startled a deer!

  9. These are very common where I originally come from. I find moose to be quite majestic. The only time they could be considered ugly is when they are shedding. They look like they have bed head. Lol
    Sanford, Maine

    • Candy,
      Love your description of bed-head, lol! Also, my understanding is that most of the moose in New England are located in Maine.

      Caris,
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  10. Such beautiful animals. I have never seen one. I saw elk in Kentucky when traveling through the state once.

    I live in Tampa area.

  11. I enjoyed the videos. Love the pictures especially the ones with the calves. I have never seen a moose in person myself, but my husband told me when he was a kid and his family was on vacation he was chased by one.

  12. Beautiful pictures. I love them all, but my favorite is the mama and her babies walking in a line through the stream

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