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Shiras's Moose

Alces alces shirasi

Subspecies of Moose

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

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).

Spruce forest, swamps, and aspen and willow thickets.

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.

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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