|Jerry Schmanda photo|
This is the time of year to see the babies, still all legs and ears.
How many moose are there in Algonquin Park? Well, it's a variable number... and not easy to collect. Moose are notoriously bad at returning their census forms. To get the most accurate estimate possible, naturalists simply count moose. This is done in winter, when the leaves are off the trees, and it happens from an airplane. Take Gravol -- you will be doing some swooping up and down. The Park is divided into blocks, and the plane flies each square while the Naturalist squints out the window against the winter sun and numbers off the moose. This is just part of the moose studies conducted in the Park. Our largest land mammal in North America, the moose is worth studying.
So, what is that number? How many moose? 3490 plus or minus 628! (those would be the sneaky moose that hide under the conifers!)
Stay with us, and we'll provide you with a Pass into Algonquin Park, where you can spend a day trying to spot some of those 3490 or so moose!
The Science Behind Algonquin's Animals will provide you with more details. And you can listen to the dulcet tones of a moose here as well. (it's a great sound, coveted by orchestras the world over)
Moose, often described as a horse designed by a committee, may look a trifle unusual and ungainly, but they are superbly adapted to their environment.
And when they are little, like this pair, they are just too darn cute for words.