Moose (Alces alces)

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  1.   1.  Description
    1.   1.1  Antlers
  2.   2.  Behavior
    1.   2.1  Interaction with Wolves
    2.   2.2  Food
  3.   3.  Range
  4.   4.  Speech
  5.   5.  Uses
  6.   6.  More
  7.   7.  'Souls
Latin Name Alces alces
Common Name Moose
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Bull (Male) Moose
Cow (Female) Moose and Calf (Juvenile)

1.  Description

Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic ("twig-like") configuration. A mature male moose is referred to as a bull; a mature female moose is a cow; and an immature moose of either sex is a calf. The subspecies found within 'Souls is A. alces americana, the Eastern Moose.

On average, an adult moose stands 1.4–2.1 m (4.6–6.9 ft) high at the shoulder. Males (or "bulls") weigh 380–700 kg (840–1,500 lb) and females (or "cows") typically weigh 200–360 kg (440–790 lb). They are typically a chocolate, tawny, rusty, drab, or other shade of brown.

Speed: over 30 mph / 48.3 km per hour

1.1  Antlers

The male will drop its antlers after the mating season (September and October) and conserve energy for the winter. A new set of antlers will then regrow in the spring. Antlers take three to five months to fully develop, making them one of the fastest growing animal organs. They initially have a layer of skin, called "velvet," which is shed once the antlers become fully grown. Immature bulls may not shed their antlers for the winter, but retain them until the following spring.

If a bull moose is castrated, he will quickly shed his current set of antlers and then immediately begin to grow a new set of misshapen and deformed antlers that he will wear the rest of his life without ever shedding again. The distinctive looking appendages (often referred to as "devil's antlers") are the source of several myths and legends among many groups of Inuit as well as several other tribes of indigenous peoples of North America.

2.  Behavior

Unlike most other deer species, moose are solitary animals and do not form herds. Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive and move surprisingly quickly if angered or startled. Calves are born May or June.

2.1  Interaction with Wolves

Note that this information pertains particularly to lupus formed wolves: obviously Optime formed canines with weapons will pose more of a threat and hunt a moose differently.

Moose usually flee upon detecting wolves. Wolves usually follow moose at a distance of 100 to 400 metres (330 to 1,300 ft), occasionally at a distance of 2 to 3 kilometres (1.2 to 1.9 mi). Attacks from wolves against young moose may last seconds, though sometimes they can be drawn out for days with adults. Sometimes, wolves will chase moose into shallow streams or onto frozen rivers, where their mobility is greatly impeded. Moose will sometimes stand their ground and defend themselves by charging at the wolves or lashing out at them with their powerful hooves.

Wolves typically kill moose by tearing at their haunches and perineum, causing massive blood loss. Occasionally, a wolf may immobilise a moose by biting its sensitive nose, the pain of which can paralyze a moose. Wolf packs primarily target calves and elderly animals, but can and will take healthy, adult moose. Moose between the ages of two and eight are seldom killed by wolves. Though moose are usually hunted by packs, there are cases in which single wolves have successfully killed healthy, fully-grown moose.

2.2  Food

The moose is a herbivore and is capable of consuming many types of plant or fruit. A moose's diet often depends on its location, but they seem to prefer the new growths from deciduous trees such as White Birch and Moosewood. Moose are excellent swimmers and are known to wade into water to eat aquatic plants.

3.  Range

The Moose is found across 'Souls territories, concentrated in areas where there is water deep enough for swimming. Southerly territories, rife with lakes, are preferred -- Western Tangles and Seabreeze Brink in particular, though they are not averse to the Sticks and Stones with the Kejimkujik forests.

4.  Speech

According to our Speech Guide, this creature speaks Low Speech naturally. It is therefore not able to communicate with Luperci. This creature is listed as having the ability to learn some limited comprehension of high speech, but generally will never be able to speak it.

5.  Uses

  • Food: Flesh like tender beef, with perhaps more flavour; sometimes like veal; low fat content.
  • Companion: A Russian farm domesticated moose from 1949; as of 1988, only about twenty animals were considered "tamed." It is uncertain what the moose might be used for with Luperci, and they are likely to have a far stronger prey reaction to wolves (stronger than Horses, even), having been prey of wolves for many thousands of years.

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7.  'Souls

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