More “Moosing” in Algonquin Provincial Park
By: Pat Coate
I am not really sure what it is about moose, but I really like seeing them in the wild. A few weeks ago I was excited to find two moose along Highway 60, though slightly off the beaten track, in Algonquin Park (Ontario, Canada). Given the fact that the two were together in the same bog and that they headed off into the woods together made me think that they were a mother with her first year calf. Calves born this year will generally stay with their mothers for a full year or more.
Similar in size to horses, moose can weigh well over 1000 pounds and stand six feet tall. As gangly as they look, they can surprisingly run at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. Moose are plant-eaters and studies have shown them to eat 40-100 pounds of aquatic plants, twigs, ground plants, and other vegetation a day. (Source: http://www.sbaa.ca/projects.asp?cn=315)
It is a good sign when a moose has it ears upright…when they flatten them against their body…beware!
The word moose has been traced back to the Algonquin Indians and means twig eater.
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