Alces alces

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Moose
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Male (bull)
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Female (cou)
Scienteefic clessification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Faimily: Cervidae
Subfaimily: Capreolinae
Genus: Alces
Gray, 1821
Species: A. alces
Binomial name
Alces alces
(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Moose range map

The moose (North Americae) or elk (Eurasie), Alces alces, is the lairgest extant species in the deer faimily. Moose are distinguished bi the broad, flat (or palmate) antlers of the males; ither members o the faimily hae antlers wi a dendritic ("twig-like") configuration. Moose teepically inhabit boreal forests an temperate broadleaf an mixed forests o the Northren Hemisphere in temperate tae subarctic climates. Huntin an ither human activities hae caused a reduction in the size o the moose's range ower time. Moose hve been reintroducit tae some o their umwhile habitats. Currently, maist moose are foond in Canadae, Alaska, New England, Fennoscandie, Latvie, Estonie an Roushie. Their diet consists o baith terrestrial an aquatic vegetation. The maist common moose predators are the gray wouf alang wi bears an humans. Unlike maist ither deer species, moose are solitar ainimals an dae no fuirm herds. Awtho generally slaw-muivin an sedentar, moose can become aggressive an muive quickly if angert or startlt. Their matin saison in the hairst featurs energetic fechts atween males competin for a female.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Henttonen, H.; Stubbe, M.; Maran, T. & Tikhonov A. (2008). "Alces alces". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2008. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Retrieved 11 Februar 2009.