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Moose

Alces alces
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Habitat: Northern corniferous forest, early successional willow, balsam poplar and aspen forests, Foothills and lowlands.  In summer, they sometimes move into subalpine or tundra areas.

Description: Largest living deer in the world.  Reddish brown back, with a dark brown belly, and almost greyish legs.  They have a long head like a horse, and a large shoulder hump.  Their antlers are fused, so they look like shovels.

Size: 2.1-2.8m long, 1.9-2.2m tall, 227-535kg

Diet: Wood (twigs and branches)of deciduous trees, and  submerged vegetation.

Fun Facts: The antlers of a male Moose come out laterally, or to the side, instead of heading up like the antlers of most other hoofed mammals.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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