It is estimated that there are between 500 000 and 1 million moose in Canada. That is one heck of a lot of Moose. These massive plant eaters roam freely all across Canada. You can find them hanging out around the bobby marshes and lakes all across our great land. One thing about the poor Moose is that everybody and every 4 legged critter that hunts wants to have some Moose for dinner. This is not good for the Moose but every body else sure likes to dig into a Moose steak. But still Moose are taking over Canada Moose Population Growing.
Of all North American big-game animals, the moose calf gains weight fastest. During the first month after birth it may gain more than half a kilogram a day, and later in the summer may begin to put on more than 2 kg a day for a time. At the age of only a few days a calf can outrun a human and swim readily. This gives them a great survival rate as they can escape prey and stay safe. Another great thing about their survival rate is their sheer size when they become an adult. A bull moose in full spread of antlers is the most imposing beast in North America. It stands taller at the shoulder than the largest saddle horse. Big bulls weigh up to 600 kg in most of Canada; the giant Alaska-Yukon subspecies weighs as much as 800 kg. In fact, the moose is the largest member of the deer family, whose North American members also include elk (wapiti), white-tailed deer, mule deer, and caribou.
Where are all the Moose
Habitat and Habits.
Moose are found on the rocky, wooded hillsides of the western mountain ranges. Along the margins of half a million lakes. Muskegs, and streams of the great Boreal forest. Even on the northern tundra and in the aspen parkland of the prairies. Moose are found everywhere in Canada and from time to time can even be seen walking down the main street.
So I bet you didn’t know that Moose tolerate cold very well but suffer from heat. In summer, especially during fly season, moose often cool off in water for several hours each day. In fact, moose are quite at home in the water. They sometimes dive 5.5 m or more for plants growing on a lake or pond bottom. Moose have been known to swim 19 km. Of all North American deer, only the caribou is a more powerful swimmer. A moose calf is able to follow its mother on a long swim even while very young, occasionally resting its muzzle on the cow’s back for support.
How Moose Behave
The eyesight of the moose is extremely poor, but its senses of smell and hearing compensate.
With their tremendous physical power and vitality, moose can travel over almost any terrain. Long legs carry them easily over deadfall trees or through snow that would stop a deer or wolf. Their cloven hooves and dewclaws spread widely to provide support when they wade through soft muskeg or snow. When frightened they may crash noisily through the underbrush, but in spite of their great size even full-grown, antlered bulls can move almost as silently as a cat through dense forest.
Before bedding down, a moose usually travels upwind for a time and then swings back in a partial circle. Thus predators following its track will have to approach from the windward direction. Skilled hunters know when to leave the track and work their way upwind to the hiding-place of their quarry.
Treat the Moose Well
As Canadians we are so lucky to have such a majestic animal living among our midst. Although these amazing animals are gigantic in nature they are actually timid and quite shy. Moose don’t pose any real danger to humans unless they are provoked. In the wild Moose will stay well clear of a hunter or any human threat. Of course when they are caring for a young calf or in mating season they could become aggressive to stay clear.
Like all wild life in Canada we owe it to them to offer our care and guardianship to ensure these beautiful creatures stay with us for future generations to behold.