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Moose

Alces alces (Linnaeus, 1758)

Moose diorama in the North American Mammal Hall

Scene:

 Kenai Peninsula, Alaska; late September

Sponsor:

 Hugh H. Logan Foundation

Background artist:

 Robert C. Clark

Also present:

 American robin (Turdus migratorius)

The moose (called elk in Europe) is the largest living member of the deer family. Moose are generally timid but males become very bold during the breeding season and have been known to charge moving trains.


Biological Information

Range map for the moose

Range:

Most forested areas north of latitude 45°N

Habitat:

Forest, swamps and the edges of lakes and streams

Status:

Common within geographic range

Diet:

Leaves, twigs and bark of most trees; grass, water lilies

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for moose.