Moose

Alces alces

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  • Moose |  Photo: Kent Miller, NPS
  • Moose |  Photo: Kent Miller, NPS
  • Moose |  Photo: Kent Miller, NPS
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Basic Information

Other names

Eurasian Elk

Order

Artiodactyla

Family

Cervidae

Size

Moose are large ungulates that can grow to 7.5 1to 0.5 feet in length.

Lifespan

up to 22 years in the wild

Weight

Moose (Alces alces) facts, habitat, diet, range, moose pictures and more to help you learn to identify the large ungulate.

Diet

Moose are herbivores and eat a variety of plant life, willows being a particular favorite.

Breeding

Females birth 1-2 young.

Range

Great Lakes, New England, Rocky Mountains, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Alaska

Danger

Moose are a lot bigger than you and are dangerous. People die each year from being trampled. Please see TrailMob's tip on hiking in Moose Country.

What does the Moose look like?

Moose are dark brown. Males are larger than females and have giant antlers. They have long legs and course outer coat and warm undercoat that protects them in winter.

Moose Habitat

Forests

Moose Facts

Moose are largest member of the deer family and one of the largest land mammals in North America. Moose antlers can be more than 6 feet wide. Moose are mainly solitary and have a great sense of smell that allows for locating food under snow. They are most active at dusk and dawn but can be viewed any time. Their stomachs can hold more than 125 lbs of food, thus they are consequently foraging.

Moose Distribution



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