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 Moose (Alces alces)




Moose | Alces alces photo
Moose photographed in Anchorage Borough County, Alaska.

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Moose | Alces alces photo
Moose & Calf, Ft. Richardson Army Base, Anchorage Alaska

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Moose | Alces alces photo
Female Moose feeding her recently born calf at Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada

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MOOSE FACTS

Description
The Moose is the largest deer. Males have large branched antlers that is sheds in the fall and regrows in spring . It is dark brown, almost black, to reddish or greyish brown,. The head is long.

Size
length: 2.4 - 3.2m. The male can grow to 2.3m tall. The antlers can have a span of up to 2m from tip to tip.

Environment
forested areas with snow cover in winter. Found where there is water near streams, lakes, ponds and swamps.

Food
In the winter they eat twigs, leaves, conifer needles, bark, shrubs. In the warmer months they feed on water plants

Breeding
Usually a single young is born, although twins are not unusual. The gestation period is 8 months and young are weaned after 5 months. The young stay with mother for first year.

Range
Moose are found throughout northern North America.

Notes
The Moose is a good swimmer and can dive up to 5.5m under water.

If you are planning an Alaska vacation or Canada vacation take the opportunity to see these animals in the wild.

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Cervidae
Genus:Alces
Species:alces
Common Name:Moose