Moose

Alces alces
Kristina Kober and Tessa Hasbrouck

Introduction

Moose are the largest deer species in North America. They are found only in the boreal forests in the northern hemisphere. Moose are ruminants with a four-chambered stomach for thoroughly processing cellulose. An annual fall rut with bulls competing for mates results in one or two calves, typically one. They are a prey species to wolves, grizzly bears, black bears and humans. Moose exhibit both gentle and aggressive behavior in the wild and in conflicts with humans. The fossil record shows that moose appeared in North America approximately 10,000 to 25,000 years ago.​

 

Photo Credit:US Fish and Wildlife Service


 

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