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What We Know About Moose

Posted by Jennifer Smith on 11th Jul 2019

Adult moose are beautiful animals that stand tall at 4-6 feet tall with antlers weighing at least 40 pounds. Moose are the largest members of the cervid family weighing between 790 (female) -1400 (male) pounds. 

In North America, the moose is found in Alaska, Canada, the northeastern United States, and as far south as the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. 

What do moose eat?

Moose tend to graze on the leaves, bark, pine cones, twigs and buds of trees and shrubs. They also like to eat aquatic plants like water lilies. Moose have been known to eat fruits like apples, blackberries, raspberries and wild strawberries as well. In the winter, when food is scarce, moose eat the bark and needles off of pine trees to support themselves until tastier options return in the spring.

If moose see shrubs, they will try to jump a fence up to 8 feet high. This is why a fence will need to be at least 8 feet high to block moose from eating crops in gardens.

Adult moose can run as fast as 35 miles per hour. They are excellent swimmers and can cross large expanses swimming up to 6 miles per hour for two hours at one time.

Moose may look like slow and gentle animals; but they can cause serious damage on lawns and gardens. Protect landscapes from moose with fencing, the best wildlife management solution. 

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