Moose Facts

Moose Facts

What does a moose look like?Moose
  • 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?

Moose

  • 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.