The World’s Largest Deer: The Moose

In America, we call this animal a moose.  I learned that in Eurasia, it’s called an elk.  We use that word for another member of the deer family, which is also called a wapiti.  This is done to clarify a few things for my followers who are on the other side of the Atlantic.  So, here we have the moose.

I did try to get one picture of each of the subspecies, but most of the ones I found simply said ‘moose’.  A lot of them were also of dead moose who had been shot by hunters who proudly stood over them with guns.  Even with the hunting and a problem with parasites, the moose population holds strong.  They aren’t endangered and have few predators outside of humans, who can’t win without guns.  Wolves as a pack, brown bears, Siberian tigers, and one I’ll mention later are it.  So, there isn’t a lot of things that can kill a full-grown moose.

Let’s get a fact list going:

  • Moose are found in Northern America (Canada and upper states) and along the Northern territories of Europe and Asian.
  • They are most noted for their open-hand shaped antlers.
  • Moose can grow up to 6’11” at the shoulder with males being around 1,543 lbs and females being 1,080 lbs.  They can get up to 10’2” long.  These are massive animals.
  • They have long muzzles and can close off their nostrils to help them feed on aquatic vegetation.
  • Moose are powerful swimmers and can dive over 18 feet.
  • THE SURPRISE PREDATOR:  Orcas (killer whales) have been known to eat moose in the water.  Imagine seeing this happen.
  • Cows typically give birth to twins instead of one calf.  There have also been cases of triplets.
  • They are the official state animal of Maine.
  • Moose are browsing feeders instead of grazers.  This means it is an herbivore that eats leaves, soft shoots, and fruits instead of grass.
  • Their antlers can have a span of nearly 6 feet.
  • Calves can outrun a human by the time they are 5 days old.
  • A moose can kick in any direction.

Let’s get the pictures and videos.  Again, I can’t really be sure if the picture is of the correct subspecies.  Many of them look the same and I had to trust the site I found it on through Google Image Search.

Alaskan Moose

Amur Moose

Chukotka Moose

Eastern Moose

European Elk (Moose)

Western Moose

Yakutia Moose

Yellowstone Moose

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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44 Responses to The World’s Largest Deer: The Moose

  1. quiall says:

    I have seen them in the wild and they are as majestic as they appear to be here. Terrifyingly so. Fortunately, I wasn’t too close.

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    They are so impressive, aren’t they? And good beasts to give a wide berth to. We saw them in Alaska eating greens in a weed-clogged lake. When they lifted their heads up, the greens hung from their antlers like decorations.

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  3. The only Moose we have in Bournemouth is Chocolate Moose, a very cuddly toy! Whatever the real ones are called they are fascinating; though I wouldn’t want them fighting in my garden, they didn’t seem to do harm to each other or the neighbourhood.


    • I’ve seen videos where they break bushes and damage cars. Don’t think they hurt each other too much. Still, if they decide to rumble on your property, you can’t really do anything about it beyond getting popcorn and watching from a safe distance.


  4. We actually get them wandering through my town once or twice a year. A river flows through, and the moose seem to follow the stream side. Last year, our school was on lockdown because of a moose in an adjoining park.

    However big you think the moose is, it is much bigger!


  5. They’re so cool. We have them here and every Spring they have to escort one from a residential area. These are the Shiras variety, but according to your nomenclature, they could have been renamed. I’ve seen them in Canada and Alaska and they only get bigger the farther North you travel.


  6. Orca’s eating Moose? I’d like to see that! Maybe they eat humans walking along the beach as well?


  7. kimwrtr says:

    Reblogged this on Kim's Musings and commented:


  8. Never knew there were so many different types. Thanks, Charles.


  9. I think they are best behaved in the wild.;-) They are wonderful, indeed. Thanks for sharing the information, Charles! Beeing honest i never had thought there are so many different of them. Best wishes, Michael


  10. Jennie says:

    I would love to see a moose! They’re certainly here in New England, yet I have not seen one.


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