Friday, July 3, 2009

Moose

The moose is the largest member of the deer family weighing in at around 1800 pounds. They are the second largest land mammal in Yellowstone, only the bison are larger. Even though they are large they can still run as fast as a horse, reaching speeds of 30 to 35 mph and swim around 10 mph.
Their name "moose" is an adaptation of what the Algonquin Indians called them, mooswa, which roughly meant twig eater. This was a pretty accurate description of the moose. They are herbivores who eat a variety of different plant material, including the leaves and bark from low hanging twigs. In northern Europe and Asia where moose are found they are called elk.
Usually when we visit Yellowstone in the spring we do not see moose so when we spotted this female moose, cow, grazing in the willow plants we were pretty excited. Moose are very fond of willow so every time that we see a field of willow we make sure and check it out to see if their are any moose around. When we visit Yellowstone in the fall we usually spend most of our time down in the Grand Tetons where it is usually very easy to find and photograph moose at that time of the year.

11 comments:

Carla said...

Wonderful photos, and very interesting. We do not have moose down here in TX, so I always enjoy seeing them.

mountain.mama said...

They are silly looking critters but I love seeing them too. Great shots.

pauline said...

j'aime beaucoup les élans, merci !

SquirrelQueen said...

Great photos, I love to watch moose. When I lived in Anchorage, AK they would sometimes come through my yard in the winter. I even had one who slept in the backyard one winter.
SQ

Tulip said...

first time to see moose my whole life. thanks for sharing and the information detailed of them.

Jedediah said...

Moose (I always want it to be meese) are such weird animals. I've seen some wild ones in Sweden - one in a supermarket parking lot and one really close when gathering blueberries. I didn't see it until I was a few yards away (I had my eyes on the ground) and it didn't seem to be bothered by me, just walked away slowly - to my vats relief ;)

Brooke said...

I am always amazed at what BIG animals they are. Great shots of them!

Ladynred said...

That is cool looking moose! Great information.

Aluajala said...

Tnx for wonderful photos and useful information too! I didn't know that moose originates from indian mooswa.
Here in Moscow we have a forest called 'The Moose Island'. Don't know why island but I saw a couple of mooses there last year. Lovely creatures they are.

Cezar and Léia said...

wonderful pictures and very funny !Thanks for all information!
Happy Camera Critters!
Luna(from Brazil)

justice said...

mooze the name itself specifies small but it is a great animal like deer.

justice

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