What is moose?

  • (noun): Large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called elk in Europe and moose in North America.
    Synonyms: elk, European elk, Alces alces


The moose (North America) or Eurasian elk (Europe) (Alces alces) is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic ("twig-like") configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. Moose used to have a much wider range but hunting and other human activities greatly reduced it over the years. Moose have been re-introduced to some of their former habitats. Currently, most Moose are found in Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia and Russia. Their diet consists of both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. The most common moose predators are wolves, bears, and humans. Unlike most other deer species, moose are solitary animals and do not form herds. Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive and move surprisingly fast if angered or startled. Their mating season in the autumn can lead to spectacular fights between males competing for the right to mate with a particular female.

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... During his first season with the Condors, he moved up to the AHL with the Manitoba Moose ... In 2007–08, Bolduc recorded a strong 37-point campaign with the Moose and was signed by the Moose's NHL affiliate, the Vancouver Canucks on July 9, 2008 ... Continuing to play for the Moose as part of the Canucks' farm system in 2008–09 season, Bolduc was called up by the Canucks on November 25, 2008, to replace an injured Ryan Johnson ...
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... Moose (Hutch Dano) is Bailey's ex-boyfriend before she leaves Kansas ... In Mulch Ado About Nothing, London invites Moose to the ship so Bailey isn't as homesick, making Cody angry ... After Moose becomes elected to receive the Mulch Crown, he asks Bailey to return Kettlecorn, which upsets Cody ...
Mac The Moose
... Mac the Moose is a fibreglass moose in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan ... It is claimed to be the world's largest moose at 32 feet (9.8 m) feet tall and a weight of approximately 10 long tons (10 t) ...

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    How far men go for the material of their houses! The inhabitants of the most civilized cities, in all ages, send into far, primitive forests, beyond the bounds of their civilization, where the moose and bear and savage dwell, for their pine boards for ordinary use. And, on the other hand, the savage soon receives from cities iron arrow-points, hatchets, and guns, to point his savageness with.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    I saw a guide-post surmounted by a pair of moose horns.... They are sometimes used for ornamental hat-trees, together with deer’s horns, in front entries; but ... I trust that I shall have a better excuse for killing a moose than that I may hang my hat on his horns.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)