Welcome to Moose Cam
Moose are the biggest species in the deer family. It lives in forests in Alaska, and that’s why there are so many moose attacks, car crashes, garbage can intrusions, and road crossings there each year by moose. It’s just moose country out there. They also live in other parts of the United States too, and they live in Canada as well. The moose is exactly the same as the Eurasian elk, and it can be spotted throughout the forests of Asia and Europe, in the northern parts. They can be seen in Manchuria, Mongolia, Siberia, and Scandinavia. Moose are in the upper, northern parts of the world. They live in the forests. They survive in the winters. They are densely populated in Anchorage, Alaska. They can be spotted virtually everywhere in Alaska.
A moose has a hulking body with humps on its shoulders, longish legs, a compressed neck, and a little tail. The females are referred to as cows, and they are a little bit smaller than the males, which are called the bulls. A big bull moose can stand up to seven feet tall at the shoulder, and they can weight up to 1,800 pounds, but moose generally weight 1,500 to 1,600 pounds. The moose has a thick, coarse coat, and the coat is at its longest on the throat and neck. The moose has a dark brown, gray, or black color, and it legs that are lighter gray in color.
The moose has a large muzzle, and it has an upper lips that hangs over the lower lip. It has a longish fold of skin, referred to as the bell, that hangs down from its throat. The bull moose has feet that are flat, hand-shaped, and palmated. The antlers have big projecting points on them. The antlers stretch six feet across at their farthest. The antlers get shed every winter, and new ones grow back in the spring, and they are at their full longest during the tail end, pun intended, of the summer. The cow doesn’t have antlers because it’s a female.
Moose eat a lot of stuff, and it’s not what one would expect. They eat grass, moss, bark, shoots, and twigs. They actually eat wood. Can you believe that moose eat real wood? They have really long legs that can get them at a brisk trot on the land, and they are great swimmers too. In the winter, a lot of moose can get together and make a herd, and they can trample on the deep snow, and they can get to the vegetation that’s growing deep below. When they are mating, in the autumn, bull moose might pick fights with eachother, and they might do so to win over the cows. In the springtime, the cows give birth to one or a couple calves.
Moose are dangerous to encounter, but they are highly sought-after as game animals. They were one time almost wiped out by hunters. They currently get protected by United States and Canadian laws that restrict hunters to a couple of bulls during a small hunting season. You cannot kill a cow moose because it is illegal.
Moose often live near the water. They are hoofed animals, and like most of the hoofed animals, they are herbivores, or plant-eaters. In the summertime, they enjoy eating plants that grow by lakes and rivers. Moose put their heads down into the water to get at their food. Sometimes, they go into the water, and they swim all the way down to the bottom to get to the tasty plants that are growing there. That’s pretty fascinating. I bet you couldn’t imagine a moose jumping in the water and specifically diving all the way down to the bottom just to get a treat down there too. You don’t know until you learn though, and there’s a lot about moose that is counterintuitive.
Water also helps moose get away from the insects. A moose will sometimes stand with its entire body in a lake or river. It will jut its nose out of the water just so that it can breathe. Insects can’t get to a moose when it’s underwater.
Being in water will also help a moose get away from the extreme heat of the summer.
The American moose and Eurasian elk are in the deer family.
Moose had their evolution on the European continent over half a million years ago. It took them hundreds of thousands of years, but eventually they migrated across all of Siberia and Northern Europe. There was a long cold persio when a ton of the Earth’s water moved into glacial ice sheets, and the Bering Sea dropped a lot too. There was a time when moose and other animals could cross over from Siberia to Alaska across the ice and snow that is now known as the Bering Strait. There was further migration across the North American continent. The majority of moose live in the Northern Hemisphere today.