moose

(Alces americanus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

moose

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

Special Concern

Occurrence

Locally common

   
    Photo by Ramona Abrego
Habitat

Second-growth, mixed forest with bodies of water; forest openings; lakes; swamps and other wetlands; burned over or cut areas with successional growth. Boggy, low areas in northwestern Minnesota. Hilly, forested areas in northeastern Minnesota.

Lifespan

Mostly 8 to 12 years, but up to 22 years

 
Size

Total length: 94 to 110

Tail: 3 to 4

Male: 992 to 1,102 lb

Female: 750 to 926 lb

 
 
Identification

 

 
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Food

In the summer, new growth leaves, twigs, and bark of trees and shrubs; and aquatic plants, especially those high in sodium. In the winter, twigs of trees and shrubs.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 15, 24, 29, 30, 76.

Moose occasionally stray south out of their usual range but do not set up resident populations there. Hazard15 shows town records in Polk, Beltrami, Hubbard, Pine, Hennepin, Dakota, and Le Sueur Counties. Those records are not included in the map at left.

 
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Taxonomy
There is some disagreement about the taxonomic classification of North American moose. Until recently, only one species, Alces alces, was recognized. Studies in 1998 and 1999 separated two species, Eurasian elk (Alces alces) and moose (Alces americanus), based on chromosomal differences (karyotype) and morphology. Older print sources and many online sources continue to recognize just one species, Alces alces. In either classification, there are four subspecies in North America and one in Minnesota.

Population
Most moose in the Minnesota are in the northeastern counties. There are far fewer moose in the northwest. An areal survey of moose is conducted each year in northeastern Minnesota by the Minnesota DNR. Based on the 2016 survey, there are an estimated 4,020 moose in the state. That is a decline of almost 55% in ten years.

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates)

 

Suborder:

Cetruminantia (ruminants, whales, and hippos)

 

No Rank:

Ruminantiamorpha

 

Infraorder:

Pecora

 

Family:

Cervidae (deer)

 

Subfamily:

Capreolinae (Odocoileinae)

 

Tribe:

Capreolini

 
Subordinate Taxa

Alaska moose (Alces americanus gigas)

eastern moose (Alces americanus americanus)

northwestern moose (Alces americanus andersoni)

Shiras moose (Alces americanus shirasi)

 
Synonyms

Alces alces

Cervus americanus

 
Common
Names

eastern moose

moose

Siberian elk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Uploaded on Oct 9, 2010

Photographed at the Glacial Ridge NWR, Minnesota (09 October 2010). Go here to learn more about moose in Minnesota: http://www.nrri.umn.edu/moose/

 
     
  October Minnesota Moose - 2015
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October moose in Superior National Forest, NE Minnesota.

 
     
  Moose Mortality Study 2014 - Michelle Carstensen
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Minnesota DNR Wildlife Health Program Supervisor Michelle Carstensen talks about the 2014 Moose Mortality Project.

 
     
  Minnesota DNR Moose Research Project - 2013
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Published on Jan 29, 2013

A study to determine why Minnesota's moose population is in decline, has started. See video from the field as the first moose are captured. For more information on Minnesota's moose, go to http://www.mndnr.gov/moose.

 
     
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Published on Aug 24, 2013

September 26, 2012

See what happens when I imitated the call of a cow Moose!

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Location: Gunflint Trail

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