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Shiras's Moose

Alces alces shirasi

Subspecies of Moose



First Noted by Expedition
May 10, 1805, at Milk River, Montana.
 

Description
Largest cervid in the world. Long, dark brown hair. High, humped shoulders; long legs. Male has massive palmate antlers. Height: 6.4-7.4 ft (22.3 m); length: 6.8-9.2 ft (2.12.8 m); tail: 6.8 in (17 cm). Weight: male 9001,400 lb (400635 kg), female 7001,100 lb (315500 kg).
 

Habitat
Spruce forest, swamps, and aspen and willow thickets.
 

Range
Most of Canada; in the East south to Maine, Minnesota, and Isle Royale in Lake Superior; in the West, Alaska, northern British Columbia, and southeast through Rocky Mountains to northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado.
 

Note
Moose can swim at a speed of 6 mph (10 km/h) for a period of up to two hours.

Species information from enature.com
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