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MOOSE

 
Moose
(Alces Alces)
 

Best places to see a moose are Mount Robson (absolute best location), Moose Lake (no joke here), Maligne Lake area, the Yellowhead highway towards Edmonton, Saskatchewan Crossing, and the Icefields Parkway. Mineral Licks (salt licks) are very attractive to Moose.

Moose could easily be the symbol of Canada if this honor had not been taken by the studious beaver. 85 percent of North America's moose population lives in Canada. (probably because they prefer universal health care!).  The island of Newfoundland has become overun with moose, after having almost wiped the moose entirely from the island.

MOOSE

MOOSE

Do not approach Moose!
In a very freak incident a driver in central Alberta encountered a moose who charged down a steep hillside and rammed a car that was passin by. Moose and driver were killed.


It is believed that the word "moose"
comes from the Algonquin Language.

 

MOOSE

Moose is a member of the deer family. Are we kidding here? Well, actually, it is and of course is the largest member of the deer family in the World. Weighing in at more than a half ton and standing up to 7 feet tall at the shoulders this is a very large mammal. Lengths can be 9 feet. Fur is thick and dark brown near the top of the animal and it fades to a greyish color on the lower part, especially the legs. They have long legs and a peculiar vertical step when they walk (much like a large father trying to tiptoe from his sons bedroom through a maize of toys).

A moose's antlers are gigantic. Spanning 6 feet they can weigh 75 Lbs. Imagine wearing a 75 pound baseball cap for 50 years! MOOSE

Moose frequent streams, shallow lakes and sloughs. They dine on shrubs and light woods. In the summer they submerge themselves in streams and ponds, even over their heads where they feed on aquatic plants. Mostly they eat young deciduous trees and conifers.

They haven't been accused of being handsome animals. They sport a large bulbous head with significant ears humped shoulders and a dewlap slung below the neck and above the front legs.  Hollywood look out!

Moose are very capable swimmers and can submerge for a minute or more to depths of 20 feet or more. They can pack away 60 pounds of food per day!



What is the plural of moose?
Is it moose, mooses, meese or something else.
We know it isn't mice, that name is taken.

Apparently it is Moose!

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