Alces alces ssp andersoni
According to Wikipedia there are 6 subspecies of Moose – four in North America – and the one that I see quite commonly, (but haven’t yet managed to get a really good photo of), is the Western subspecies or spp. andersoni. Its common name comes from the Algonquin ‘Moz’, meaning ‘twig eater’, (source), an appropriate handle given the moose’s diet mainly consists of the young wood of deciduous trees.
Moose are fascinating creatures. They have exceptional hearing and sense of smell although their eyesight is apparently rather poor. They have very large and oddly shaped heads and the bull’s spatulate antlers are like no other. All for a purpose though. They even walk funny – lifting their legs vertically, but that serves them well when navigating through metre-deep snow, significantly reducing drag and giving them a good advantage over one of their few adversaries: the wolf. (Source)
The moose is the largest living deer in the world and after bison, are the second largest land-mammal in North America. According to moose biologist, Kristine Rines, the largest bull on record was an Alaskan Bull that weighed in at 1,697 lbs. or about 637 kgs., but it my understanding the average weight would be just over half of that.
The poor old moose has been a popular target for lampooning. When I was a kid, Saturday morning cartoons weren’t complete without Bullwinkle.