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Alces alces


Moose are the largest living deer. Alaskan bulls may weigh up to 1600 pounds with cows being smaller. They typically are dark brown or black with lighter colored legs. European Elk (moose) typically are slightly smaller and darker. Bulls have large palmated antlers. The photo above is of the "shiras" subspecies, which is the smallest of the North American subspecies, but still a very large animal.


Moose live in a variety of habitat ranging from deciduous and boreal forests, river bottoms, and have been expanding their range into regions dominated by shrubby tundra. They live in a wide swath across the northern hemisphere.

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Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 12 years ago

Fantastic picture!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 12 years ago

Happened to be in the right place at the right time on this one. I had stopped to read a map, when this moose came up over the side of the road and stopped to look the situation over. Then he crossed right in front of the car; probably within 30 feet or so....

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 12 years ago

Great post.

KarenL 12 years ago

Wonderful portrait Gordon!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 12 years ago

It has a very noble look.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Grate photo!

DonnaPomeroy 12 years ago

Great shot Gordon!

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jun 6, 2010
Submitted on Feb 26, 2012

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