Moose have long, stilt like legs to help them wade through wetlands. Their fur is dark brown to almost black. They have long faces and large noses. A dark flap of skin called a dewlap hangs under their chins.
Only the bulls (males) grow the antlers.
How big are they?
Moose are the largest of the deer family. Adults weigh 800-1,200 pounds. Bulls stand at 6 feet tall at the shoulder.
A bull’s antlers can spread 6 feet wide.
Where do they live?
Moose prefer forest habitats, especially those locations with a mixture of wooded areas and open areas near lakes or wetlands.
What do they eat?
Moose are herbivores. They prefer to feed on aquatic vegetation and new woody growth during the spring and summer.
During the winter, they switch to bark and twigs from evergreen and deciduous trees.
What eats them?
Occasionally mountain lions prey on them.
Did you know?
A moose’s hair is hollow which helps them float.
A moose can run up to 35 miles per hour.
Threats to moose:
Like other deer species, moose get hit by cars when they cross roads.