Monday, December 11

What You Need to Know About The Moose

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Moose Bull and Moose Cow

During the mating season bull moose are often more aggressive toward people. Mothers with young calves are very protective and will attack humans who come too close.

Moose are found throughout northern North America and Eurasia. They are generally found near streams or ponds where there are willows. Moose eat twigs, bark, roots and the shoots of woody plants, especially willows and aspens. In the warm months, moose feed on water plants, water lilies, pondweed, horsetails, bladderworts, and bur-reed. In winter, they browse on conifers, such as balsam fir, and eat their needle-like leaves. They require 20kg of food per day but their stomachs, when full, can weigh up to 65 kg. Most of a moose’s time is spent eating. Their distinctive snout has nostrils that close automatically as they dip their heads underwater for food.

Moose can grow to 7 feet tall at the shoulder.

Moose are solitary animals and have their own home ranges, but during the rut they gather in herds of a dozen or more.
In continental Europe, this animal is known as “Elk.” “Moose” is a native first nations word meaning “eater of twigs.”
A Canadian moose baby are about the size of Alaska moose babies, unless they are raised on a farm.

Photographs and more information about the Magnificent Moose

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