Why You Should Never Race a Moose

Did you know that moose can run very fast even for their huge size? Moose are the biggest animals in the deer family. On average, they weigh almost 2,000 pounds. Despite their huge size, they are extremely fast, both on land and in water. They can run up to 35 miles per hour or swim up to 10 miles without stopping. In fact, a five day old calf can outrun a grown human.

Given their size, adult male moose don’t have many predators. Animals like bears, wolves and cougars like to prey on moose calves instead. The biggest threat to adult male moose is getting struck by a car.

When it comes to the living conditions for moose, they tend to inhabit cold snowy areas. Their hooves are wide and allow them to walk on the snow with ease. During warmer temperatures, moose like to spend their time in the water to keep cool.

Moose are herbivores that primarily consume things such as leaves, stems, twigs and the bark of small shrubs. Adult moose can eat as much as 70 pounds of food a day.

In addition to their intimidating size and large diet, moose have incredible antlers. Male moose antlers reach up to six feet from tip to tip. Male moose grow their antlers in the beginning of spring and use them to fight other moose for mates. When mating season ends in the fall, male moose shed their antlers and isolate until the next mating season. Female moose do not grow antlers and only give birth to one or two calves a year. Calves will stay with their mothers for approximately a year until they too leave for the next mating season.

[Source: National Geographic ]

Wow I had no idea that moose were that fast or that big! I definitely would not want to get in the way of one. Great article Haliah! – Leila , UW-Madison (2021-02-09 14:20)
Omg this is crazy! I never thought a moose could run that fast! – Sol , Glendale Elementary (2021-02-09 14:22)
This article was very interesting! – Zale , Lowell Elementary School (2021-02-09 14:31)
It is super interesting to learn more about this species! – Camila , Wright Middle School (2021-02-09 14:32)
I think it is so cool that moose are so big that they barely have any predators! Keep up the good work Haliah! – Dyami , West High School (2021-02-09 14:34)
I really appreciated that article, Moose are quite interesting! – Hanna Eyobed , Monona Grove High school (2021-02-09 17:18)
I did know how fast a moose could run!! good job – Desteny Alvarez , Monona Grove High School (2021-02-09 19:52)
I did know how fast a moose could run!! good job – Desteny Alvarez , Monona Grove High School (2021-02-09 21:57)
Haliah, such good work. – Pamela Berkowitz , Madison (2021-02-24 07:51)