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About Moose

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ABOUT MOOSE

DESCRIPTION

Moose are the largest species of ungulates. They have short tails, a shoulder hump, and large ears. They can weigh anywhere from 600 to 1,400 pounds [1]. Moose hair is hollow to help insulate them from the cold [2]. Males have very large antlers that are shed each winter. An antler can weigh up to 75 pounds!

REGION

Moose are native to northern North America and can be found in almost all of Canada and most of Alaska. During the warmer months, Moose can be found near lakes and marshes; however, in the colder months they are generally found in more forested areas.

FOOD

Moose are Herbivores. Moose eat large amounts of Catkins and other tall grasses that live in the water. They also eat more woody plants such as Willow bushes. A Moose needs to eat about 50 - 60 pounds of food per day in order to maintain their size. Their stomach can hold up to 112 pounds of food at one time [3].

LIFE CYCLE

The average lifespan of a Moose in the wild is 15 to 20 years [4]. Moose breed in the Fall and have a gestation period of around 231 days [5]. Generally only one calf is born, weighing around 35.7 pounds. The calves nurse for six months, and are considered fully grown between the age of 4 to 6.

HABITS

Moose are the most active during sunset and sunrise. They are solitary animals and do not travel in herds. Moose are also very good swimmers. They can even stay underwater for up to 30 seconds at a time [6]!

SOURCES
  1. http://naturalhistory.si.edu/mna/image_info.cfm?sp...
  2. http://www.livescience.com/27408-moose.html
  3. http://www.wildernessclassroom.com/wilderness-libr...
  4. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mamm...
  5. http://www.livescience.com/27408-moose.html
  6. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mamm...