Moose

Maine State Animal

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Bull moose

Bull moose; photo by Gail Fisher (fisherga) on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Moose

Maine designated the moose as official state animal in 1979. Moose (Alces alces) are the world's largest member of the deer family. Moose mostly inhabit northern forests of North America, Europe, and Russia (in Europe they are called "elk"). 

Moose have long legs, a heavy body, small tail, drooping nose, and a "bell" or dewlap under the chin. Color can range from golden brown to almost black (depending on the season and age of the moose).

Maine

Images

Young bull moose in the White Mountains of New Hampshire; photo by Dave Spier (northeast naturalist) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Young bull moose in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Moose pair (male and female); photo by USFWS Headquarters on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Moose male and female

Bull Moose © Robert Volpe / CritterZone: Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Bull Moose

Videos

Huge bull moose grunting in lake - Glacier National Park (Sept. '09)