Featured in Amazing Canadian Wildlife – Nov 26, 2011
Featured in Baby Wildlife of the World – Oct 23, 2011
Featured in The World As We See It, or as we missed it – Oct 11, 2011
Photographed at Maligne Lake, Jasper NP, Alberta, Canada
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. 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.
Canon XSi with 70-300mm lens, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO-200, 300mm focal length, spot metering, aperture priority