See a Bull Moose Galloping at Full Speed and Keep Up With a Passing Truck
Moose are always a magnificent animal to behold but seeing a bull moose gallop at full speed is simply awesome. This incredible footage was captured from a moving vehicle and the moose is having no problem keeping up! The sheer size, power, and speed are phenomenal!
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Where Do Moose Normally Live?
The scientific name for moose is Alces alces and they are the largest member of the deer family. Moose are a native species of northern North America. Therefore, you will find them in the circumpolar boreal forests of Canada, Alaska, and as far as the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
Moose like to live around forests and water and prefer areas where there is snow cover in the winter. Therefore, you will find them near lakes, rivers, and even swamps. Moose do not like the heat and this is why they do not venture to the warmer regions further south. Any location that exceeds 27 degrees Celsius for any period of time is not suitable for them.
How Do Moose Normally Behave?
Moose are most active during the daytime but have peaks of activity at dawn and dusk. They tend to live alone but may be seen feeding or drinking near another moose. They don’t have great eyesight but have fantastic hearing and smell. These guys are herbivores and spend a lot of time looking for food or eating. Their diet is made up of twigs, shoots, roots, and bark. An adult moose can eat over 40 pounds of food in a day.
How Fast Can Moose Run?
As you can see in this clip, moose are very speedy despite their size. An adult can weigh up to 1,600 pounds yet they can reach speeds of 35 mph. Some moose can stand 7 feet tall and have long legs which help them to build up speed. Interestingly, they are also excellent at swimming and can swim at 6 mph!
Do Moose Get Hit by Cars?
This moose is obviously very close to a highway. Sadly, moose-vehicle collisions do occur and are potentially dangerous for both the moose and the humans inside a vehicle. An animal that weighs 1,600 pounds traveling at 35 mph cannot stop very quickly and can do a lot of damage to vehicles and human bodies. This is recognized as such a problem in Alaska that the authorities have issued advice on how to drive safely in areas inhabited by moose.