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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.

From our Wildlife and Plants Photo Gallery

Posted by Christina Keough
Posted by Christina Keough
Posted by Christina Keough

area wildlife + plants

Large Marble
Euchloe ausonides

Habitat:  The Large Marble can be found flying in open woods and along ridges throughout Alberta

Description:  This butterfly is mostly white save for its hind wing which has a beautiful green marble pattern running through it.  The Large Marble can be distinguished from other marble butterflies by its greater size and also the thick cell bar that can be found on its upper wing.

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