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Alces alces

Order Artiodactyla
Family Cervidae

Also known as: Rubber-nosed Swamp Donkey

Fast Facts

Distribution in Yukon
Height 2 m Distribution of  Moose in Yukon
Weight 500 kg
Lifespan 10-20 years


Predators Wolves, bears, humans

Conservation Status

Yukon S5 (Secure)
Global G5 (Secure)
Yukon population estimate:  70,000




Solitary for most of the year, the fall rutting season brings Moose together The bull Moose cough, grunt, and rub their antlers on trees to attract females.  Cows make a low moaning call to indicate their receptiveness. Bulls clash antlers and engage in a shoving match for dominance and mating rights.  Cow Moose give birth in the spring to one, two or rarely three calves. The calves will stay with the cow until just before the next calf is born.  


Woody shrubs, leaves, aquatic plants

Sights and sounds

sheep scat


Oval pellet (1.5 - 2 cm)


Tracks in dried mud

sheep track



15 x 8.8 cm



Mammals and People

Viewing Opportunities


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