The Moose

August 31, 2012

in Wildlife and Habitat

The moose is a mammal of the Family:  Capreolinae  Genus:  Acles  Species : A. alces. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the Moose and the Elk and I shall ask you to refer to the article of this series pertaining to the elk.

The moose is distinguishable from the elk by the configuration of the male’s antlers.  A moose bears antlers that are deemed as palmate unlike the antlers of the elk which are described as being “twig like” in configuration. In North America the moose’s habitat range includes almost the whole of Canada, the majority of central and western Alaska and south into some states of Northern America.

The moose’s preferred habitat range includes both boreal and deciduous forest areas of species of deciduous trees. The moose prefers the climate of the Northern Hemisphere within a range of subarctic and temperate climates.

The moose is diurnal and they are considered a solitary animal except when it comes to mothers and her calf.  An adult moose has few enemies but, a pack of wolves can bring down a moose.
Moose have been hunted as a game species and their meat is comparable to tender beef or even veal and is a valuable nutritional option to beef.

The structure of a moose’s body is incompatible with motor vehicle hits.  The moose has such slender legs compared to the bulk of its body and a car hit can easily break their legs and impact can result in the bulk of the moose being jettisoned across the bonnet and into the windscreen, which can have disastrous consequences both to the moose and the occupants of the vehicle with which it collides.

In the province of New Brunswick in Canada – fences have been erected along highways to prevent the moose wandering onto them and becoming a hazard to motorists. The moose’s conservation status is of “Least Concern.”

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